The Acid Rock Scene of 1966-1967 – An extract from Rock Routes – a book on Rock Music by Opher Goodwin

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The Acid Rock Scene of 1966-1967

By 1966 the Hippie sub-culture of Haight-Ashbury had become more than a minor cult. It had begun to attract in huge numbers of followers and grown into a thriving community with idealistic aspirations and a peaceful message that was both simple and revolutionary and about to engulf the whole globe with its message of ‘Peace and Love’. Its bands were Country Joe & the Fish, Jefferson Airplane, It’s a Beautiful Day, Big Brother and the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin), Quicksilver Messenger Service, Blue Cheer and the Grateful Dead. A similar scene, with a slightly harder vibe, had grown up in Los Angeles involving Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa’s Mother’s of Invention, the Byrds, the Doors, Steppenwolf, and Love. While these scenes were largely autonomous there was a degree of interchange.

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2 thoughts on “The Acid Rock Scene of 1966-1967 – An extract from Rock Routes – a book on Rock Music by Opher Goodwin

  1. Steppenwolf didn’t become Steppenwolf until 1968. Unless there is an assumption that their previous incarnation in Jack London & The Sparrows from Oshawa, Ontario and featuring John Kay, Goldy McJohn and Jerry Edmonton were contenders on the LA 66-67 scene.

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