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Garcia & Hunter enter Songwriters Hall

The Grateful Dead's primary songwriting team of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter are being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Hunter, a lyricist, had been named a member of the Grateful Dead despite not performing with the band, a testament to his importance to the psychedelic music pioneers. Garcia, who died in 1995, wrote the music for the duo's many songs. The Songwriters Hall pointed to "Casey Jones," "China Cat Sunflower," "St. Stephen" and "Truckin'." Other tracks highlighted were "Dark Star," "Friend of the Devil" and … [More ... ]

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Sam Andrew of Big Brother dies

Guitarist Sam Andrew of Big Brother and the Holding Company has died after a long career playing psychedelic rock. He was 73. "Ten weeks after his heart attack and the open-heart surgery that followed it, Sam lost his gallant fight to hold onto the life he lived so well," the band posted on its Facebook page. "... He lived his life in music and art and a loving marriage. It doesn't get much better than that." Andrew, who sang and wrote songs, was the guitar player for Janis Joplin for most of her career. He founded Big Brother with … [More ... ]

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13th Floor Elevators playing Levitation

Psychedelic music pioneers the 13th Floor Elevators are reuniting for a 50th-year celebration this May in Austin. The performance by all surviving original members -- Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall, Ronnie Leatherman and John Ike Walton -- comes most appropriately at the psychedelic music festival Levitation, which was named after a song by the band. It'll be the 13th Floor Elevators' first show since 1968. They'll close the festival the night of May 10. "Having the 13th Floor Elevators on the festival lineup is just something we hadn't … [More ... ]

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Grateful Dead reuniting for final shows

Playing in the band one more time -- and maybe one last time. The surviving key members of the Grateful Dead have set a series of July Fourth holiday shows -- when else? -- to mark their 50th anniversary as a band. The shows will be the last by the Grateful Dead, the band says. Participating in the July 3, 4 and 5 concerts at Chicago's Soldier Field will be Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. They'll be joined by longtime allies Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano). The … [More ... ]

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A psychedelic British invasion for Q1

King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Eric Burdon, Jeff Beck and the Pretty Things put an English accent on the slate of new releases for a new year. Here's a roundup of what's coming in the realm of psychedelic music: King Crimson stormed downtown L.A. several months ago for a pair of acclaimed concerts. A live document surfaces Jan. 20 via Discipline Global Mobile. Clocking in at (a mere) 41 minutes, it includes versions of "Starless," "The Letters" and "Sailor's Tale." Robert Fripp's new lineup included a trio of drummers at stage front, with the … [More ... ]

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No. 18: Happy Trails

Bo Diddley didn't do psychedelic. Yet, somehow, the primal rock 'n' roller received credit for writing most of one of the hippie era's darkest and most imaginative … [More ... ]

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No. 22: Ummagumma

Here be dragons. Dragons, and dust from the bones of kings and traitors. Stonehenge. The funk of 4,000 years. Spacemen and madmen. Your mental movie may vary. Hear in it what you will, but English … [More ... ]

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No. 9: ‘Eight Miles High’

The song started off on familiar footing for early 1966: a killer bass line, straight out of the garage. But seconds into the Byrds' "Eight Miles High," … [More ... ]


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No. 90: ‘She (Will-O-the-Wind)’

Everyone knows about "Windy," but the heroine of "She (Will-O-the-Wind)" never received her due. Too bad. The Collectors' 1968 song remains a fascinating bit of psych-pop, redolent with touches of … [More ... ]

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The 13th Floor Elevators, playing the game on the daytime pop show "Where the Action Is."

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