Rob Chapman author of Psychedelia And Other Colours in conversation at Rough Trade East. ASHLEY NORRIS attends.
So much has been written about the great British psychedelic trip of the late ’60s, yet in a way so little too. For most of it focuses on the main protagonists – The Beatles, Stones and Floyd – and doesn’t really attempt to answer other questions, such as why a thousand local beat bands jettisoned their club soul dance sounds and suddenly started singing strange songs about gnomes.
The accepted wisdom has always been that widespread use of LSD heralded an era of intense musical experimentation. Yet could it be that those bands were simply aping their heroes and hadn’t ingested anything much stronger than a barrel or two of Watneys Ale? Read more Psychedelia & Other Colours Book Launch