Psychedelic Popular Music
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Psychedelic Popular Music : A History through Musical Topic Theory

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Recognized for its distinctive musical features and its connection to periods of social innovation and ferment, the genre of psychedelia has exerted long-term influence in many areas of cultural production, including music, visual art, graphic design, film, and literature. William Echard explores the historical development of psychedelic music and its various stylistic incarnations as a genre unique for its fusion of rock, soul, funk, folk, and electronic music. Through the theory of musical topics-highly conventional musical figures that signify broad cultural concepts-and musical meaning, Echard traces the stylistic evolution of psychedelia from its inception in the early 1960s, with the Beatles' Rubber Soul and Revolver and the Kinks and Pink Floyd, to the German experimental bands and psychedelic funk of the 1970s, with a special emphasis on Parliament/Funkadelic. He concludes with a look at the 1980s and early 1990s, touching on the free festival scene, rave culture, and neo-jam bands. Set against the cultural backdrop of these decades, Echard's study of psychedelia lays the groundwork and offers lessons for analyzing the topic of popular music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 21.08mm | 433g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 52 music exx., 15 tables
  • 0253026458
  • 9780253026453
  • 935,112

Review quote

"[a] wonderfully nuanced book...on the stylistic development of psychedelic music..." -Walter Everett, author of The Foundations of Rockshow more

About William Echard

William Echard is Associate Professor of Music at Carleton University, Ottawa. He is author of Neil Young and the Poetics of Energy (IUP).show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Delineating Psychedelia: Topic Theory and Popular Music Cultures2. Developments Through 19663. The Later 1960s4. The 1970s5. The 1980s and OnEpilogue: Conclusions and ProspectsAppendix A: The Sample and DiscographyAppendix B: The San Francisco Poster SampleAppendix C: Some Notes on the TranscriptionsList of ReferencesIndexshow more