Psychedelic music

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A term which describes much music of the 1960s (and later) which is creatively oriented towards the use of psychedelic drugs such as mescaline and LSD.

In the United States, this sound was particularly predominant in the West Coast sound, with bands such as the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane in the vanguard.

In Great Britain, although the psychedelic revolution occurred later than the United States, the impact was nonetheless profound within the British music scene. Established bands such as The Beatles produced a number of highly psychedelic albums, e.g. Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (which contains the track Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, the initials of which spell out LSD), despite the fact that they are seldom thought of as a psychedelic band. The music of Cream and of early Pink Floyd is much more representative of British psychedelia.

Recently Kula Shaker under Crispian Mills created much India-influenced psychedelic music such as their most recent album 'Peasents, pigs and Astronauts'.