I do not know what’s going on around the World, but in the last two or three Years, maybe more, It seems that We are falling in Love again with the Word Psychedelia.
I hear this Word everywhere and all of the Time!!!
Not that the Psychedelia have never left us, our Society is a Product of that generation in a lot of things, but looks like that now more than before We are getting close to this Word again. Yes, I have this feeling that this term as usual happen has been clean out, coated, rehabilitated and turned into something less annoying, cumbersome and socially irrelevant. A bit like what happened before to the term “Punk“.
But those Guys who were listening to this kind of Music in the end of the 60s were not held up as a mass of stoned junkies?
With the Head full of strange Ideas??
With long Hair?
Who only spoke of Peace, Love, Sex and Equality?
So now is It ok to be like that?? Is It socially acceptable?? I do not think so.
I would say that We have a short memory and a natural tendency to simplify social ideologies, and unfortunately this ideological simplification, this intellectual emptying, this inappropriate use of the term Psychedelia, is led by the so-called “Young” category.
The Word Psychedelia has no more a Skeleton, a Spine, is an old and dirty patched Dress just retired from the Laundry, a purely and simply adjective that identifies a musical genre.
And, also under this point of view, Ideas in general are very confused.
The tendency is to call anything that has an exploratory intention, avant-garde,
Well, I would say that is not so.
The Psychedelia unfortunately cannot and must not be separated from one of the most troubled and important periods of our recent History.
Doing so would be a glaring big Mistake, a real Sacrilege.
Two world Wars just Twenty Years earlier,
The Vietnam conflict that took away thousands of young People and shipped them back to Home in a wooden Coffin.
The Soviet terror.
The Cold War.
The nightmare of nuclear War.
Are those little things?
What do You think??
The least We could expect is a youth Revolution.
Grey was transformed into Colour.
The Hippie movement.
The Antiwar movement.
The Summer of Love.
This is History!!
Psychedelia was everywhere.
Music, Television, Cinema (Read my Post about BlowUp), Literature, Art, Fashion.
And We didn’t mentioned yet the“LSD”!!
The Psychedelia definitely would not have this Name and probably would not have existed if It wasn’t for the unbridled use of “lysergic acid”.
The Music was created under the influence of Drugs.
The Music was played under the influence of Drugs.
The Music was listened under the influence of Drugs.
“They turned to Music as a form of emotional, spiritual and political Expression.
Music was not entertainment anymore,
Music was a vehicle to explore their inner World and help to amplify the effects of the Drugs”.
Rebellion against Society.
Against the alienation of Work.
Against the ambition.
Peace, Drugs and Music.