The Culture of Psychedelic Drugs
Lysergic acid diethylamide or LSD was the most commonly used hallucinogen in America during the 1960's. At the time, it was not illegal so gaining access to the drug was not a challenge for those who desired a mind-expanding experience. The consumption of the drug was especially high in the counterculture population. Association with the drug in arts and culture was called psychedelia and several artists created music with influence from the drug.
The Flower Power Movement
The Vietnam War in the 1960's brought up a significant counterculture movement. This subgroup was often termed as "hippes" and they were characterized by their rebellion to a perfect society, their fashion of clothing, the use of drugs, especially LSD, and the music they listened to. Their philosophy was "peace, love, drugs, and rock 'n' roll".
This song by Jefferson Airplane is called "Volunteers". It was released as a single in 1967 on the album "Volunteers of America". The song's lyrics clearly show movement away from war. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_0sg0XDfmg
Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an iconic voice of psychedelia. The song "Me and Bobby McGee" was originally written by Kris Kristofferson but Janis Joplin's version shown here became one of the most popular songs she sang. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXV_QjenbDw
Jim Morrison is the lead singer of the 60's band. This song is called "Light My Fire" released in 1967 on their self-titled debut album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY1l8T2Lcl0
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Jimi Hendrix was an icon of psychedelic rock. He has written several great songs. The song showed here is called "Purple Haze", released in 1967 and one of his greatest hits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39DENARnUtM
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
This album contained the most revolutionary music of its time. It took 7 months of hard work to record, and was released on June 1st, 1967. The music in the album was considered psychedelic and because the Beatles were already hugely popular across the Unites States, it caused the psychedelic genre of music to go mainstream rather than just be popular among the subculture.