From Laurel Canyon to Topanga Canyon, the state of California is famous for producing outstanding folkies. Funny thing is, researchers estimate it would (currently) take at least 5 lifetimes for 1 person to thoroughly explore the art, science, culture etc. of the great state of California, assuming there were no interruptions, which tells you something about America. I have to turn to one band in particular though when it comes to acidic folk implosions, a band that was positively cinematic in their outreach, naturally aligned with Bob Dylan, and arguably did more to popularise acid folk than any other group or musical artist of the time. It's the notorious Byrds.
America's Regional Revolutionary Movements : The Venues
From Casey's in Lewiston, Idaho to The Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, Connecticut, from The Family Dog in Denver, Colorado to the Rhode Island Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island, you could catch psychedelic bands playing coast to coast and everywhere in between. In the state of New York, psychedelic rumblings erupted throughout local venues, causing some fascinating fissures to emerge, supercracks that'd eventually rupture and reshape the social scene. This turbulence pushed all artists to explore different avenues. It was hotter than a New York minute.
'… New York to east California There's a new wave coming, I warn ya We're the kids in America (whoa) We're the kids in America (whoa) …'
'Here She Comes' - Velvet Underground
New York Serenade
'I'm A Hog For You' - The Groupies
Soft White Underbelly (Stalk-Forrest Group / Blue Öyster Cult).: The Elektra Sessions
Texas is the psychedelical capital of the American south. The early horror films of Tobe Hooper reflect the culture. Hooper was from Austin, Texas. He was present on campus the day Charles Whitman opened fire on students. Hooper recorded experimental music for two of his early abstract horror features, 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' (1974) and Eaten Alive' (1977), working alongside musician Wayne Bell. For his first feature film, 'Eggshells' (1969), he employed the services of Shiva's Headband who were the house band at The Vulcan Gas Company, a music venue located at 316 Congress Avenue in Austin.
New York songwriter Harry Chapin wrote a song about Charles Whitman's killing spree. Chapin was one of musician and horror filmmaker Wes Craven's early mentors, teaching him how to edit sound. Both Craven and Hooper were editors.
'Sniper' - Harry Chapin
Johnny Winter at The Vulcan Gas Company
'Kaleidoscoptic' - Shiva's Headband
'War Sucks' - The Red Crayola
'Passenger' - The Conqueroo
'Crimson Witch' - The Moving Sidewalks
'Evolution' - The Golden Dawn
'Elizabeth' - Bubble Puppy
'Death Of The Flowers' - Asylum Choir
'Slip Inside This House' - 13th Floor Elevators
The Catacombs was the club to go to in Houston. Located at 3003 South Post Oak, it hosted bands from around the country.
'Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)' - The First Edition
My mum's cousin was Procol Harum's manager around this time, he found out he got sacked reading the 'trade papers' on an airplane as he was coming back from the US, after trying to secure them a record deal.