Revisit a time long gone that celebrated the counterculture in a truly groovy way.
“Nao estou te rejeitando, estou me protengendo.” (I’m not rejecting you, I'm holding on”) – Rita Lee of Os Mutantes
Psychedelic music first came to prominence in the 1960’s as one of the leading music forms of the then-emerging counterculture scene in major cities the United States and England. This was the sound of the largest group of people in history celebrating their youth and lifestyle, which many times also celebrated illegal drug culture, as a huge nose-thumbing to the violence of war, systemic inequality, sexual liberation and those people they called “straight”, which at that time was anyone outside of the culture.
The scene, of course, reached a milestone with the release of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper album in 1967, which was such a massive cultural shift it became the first rock album to be awarded the Grammy for Album of the Year. What is less linked to the music was the fact that it drew from a host of sounds from music forms globally, such as that of those in Asia, South America and Africa. In turn, musicians in those regions also picked up the psychedelic sound, bringing the sound of the west that was already drawing its influence with their cultures.
The April Fool, from Japan, from the cover of their sole LP, 1969. Photographer unknown. Courtesy of Nippon Columbia.
As the sound died down after the Age of Aquarius became just another marketing gimmick, like that of “alternative rock" decades later, it lived on in various forms with musicians that didn’t even engage in the drug culture so associated with the music, but performed it for the vast array of possibilities it presented. In some cases, like in Iran and Cambodia, however, the sound would be associated with corrupting Western influences, was banned, and in one instance, the suspected death of one of its most famous practitioners in her homeland.
Our tracks this week: Title, Artist, Country of Origin
1. Pyar Zindagi Hai, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle & Mahendra Kapoor, India
2. Sao Ban Pok Pab, Panom Nopporn, Thailand
3. Komlos Sey Chaom (Love God), Ros Seresyothea, Cambodia
4. Cannabis, Los Pambele, Peru
5. Deus Irae Psychedelico, Ennio Morricone, Italy
6. Tomorrow's Child, Apryl Fool, Japan
7. Allah Wakbarr, Ofo The Black Company, Nigeria
8. 125, The Haunted, Canada
9. 7 Heures Du Matin, Jacqueline Taïeb, France
10. A Minha Menina, Os Mutantes, Brazil
11. Ghazal, Kourosh Yaghmaei, Iran
12. Wale Numa Lombaliya, Rail Band, Mali
Love to you all.
Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner
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