Most people have heard the term Acid Rock Music. Many of them have listened to it. If they’ve lived their childhood in a house with parents from the 1960’s and 1970’s it was probably their cradle music. A few of them may have even spent some of those teenage years of theirs lounging around the house and classroom in passed along Grateful Dead Tee Shirts, ripped jeans, and experimenting with some old records of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
When they were your age…
What they may or may not know is that this music was created for experimentation, of the drug induced variety. It is a trivial fact that most of the artists who wrote these songs were under the influence of acid at the time. Thus the penned name Acid Rock Music came to be. If they were not then the people who were listening to it were. With songs like “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane and group names like Bubble Puppy, it was easy to see the attempt at recreating the tripping experience. There was a long list of groups and bands honoring their musical genre. A few more examples are 13th Floor Elevators, the Blue Magoos, the Bermuda Triangle band, Zakary Thaks, Foghat, and Molly Hatchet.
Pay Tribute to the Music…Man.
Acid Rock first started making its appearance in the sixties. It carried on a long line of hits and wonders through the eighties. The Grateful Dead gained popularity in and around 1969 and continued on to the end. They still have an avid fan base. At one point the rock sensation The Beatles, a British group popular with the main stream, tried a bit of psychedelic acid rock their selves. The genre had then reached a whole new level.
Time for Some New Threads
From the music came the style. Out were their parent’s conservative dress and in came the hippie. Jeans, crazy colored tee shirts and long hair dominated the Acid Rock Music generation. They were all about those other realities instead of the one they were in. People shopped at stores called Mr. Fish and spent their nights with friends getting high.
Acid Rock Music is a definitive aspect of the sixties and seventies generation. From this came the Hair Metal of the eighties and the hard and alternative rock of today. It was the music that your parent’s parents hated just like your parents hate yours. It is a musical experience grounded in drug use. Confusing phrases, wild rides, and colorful beats, the music is a trip within itself. No one can say for certain however, just how enjoyable it would be unless you understood the phrase ‘being under the influence’.