Who Named Psychedelic Rock?

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Who Named Psychedelic Rock? is a blog dedicated to discussing the history and etymology of the term “psychedelic rock.”

The first person to use the term “psychedelic rock”

was actually a music critic named Bill Graham. In an issue of the weekly music magazine Crawdaddy!, he used the term to describe the music of a band called the13th Floor Elevators.

How the term “psychedelic rock” was first used

The term “psychedelic rock” was first used in a 1966 article by music critic Ralph J. Gleason. The article was about the band The Grateful Dead and their live concerts which were becoming increasingly popular at the time. Gleason described these concerts as “psychedelic drug experiences” and compared them to LSD trips. He also mentioned other bands that were beginning to experiment with similar sounds, such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Jefferson Airplane.

The term “psychedelic rock” became more widely used in 1967, when it was adopted by the music industry to describe a new genre of music that was influenced by psychedelia. This genre of music was characterized by its use of electronic instruments, experimental sound effects, and unconventional song structures. Psychedelic rock bands often explored themes of drugs, freedom, and love in their lyrics and songs.

Some of the most famous psychedelic rock bands from the 1960s include The Beatles, The Doors, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix. Psychedelic rock continued to be popular in the 1970s with bands such as Led Zeppelin, Queen, and AC/DC. However, by the 1980s, the popularity of psychedelic rock began to decline as other musical genres became more popular.

What psychedelic rock is

Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music that was popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The term refers to the feeling of euphoria or “mind-expanding” experiences that often occur while using psychedelic drugs such as LSD. Psychedelic rock often incorporates elements of other genres, including folk, electronic, and experimental music.

The term “psychedelic” was first used in the late 1950s by psychiatrist Humphry Osmond. It was later popularized by writer Aldous Huxley, who used it to describe his experiences with LSD. The term quickly entered the vocabulary of the counterculture, and by the mid-1960s it was being used to describe a new form of popular music.

Psychedelic rock reached its peak of popularity in the late 1960s with bands such as The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, and The Doors. The genre began to decline in popularity in the early 1970s, but has continued to influence subsequent generations of musicians.

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