Psychedelia and Other Colours

Author(s): Rob Chapman

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A Guardian, Mojo and Rough Trade Book of the Year. Fifty years on from the psychedelic summer of love, acclaimed music writer Rob Chapman explores what was really going on during those heady times. In America he traces the multi-media history of the Light shows, Happenings, Be-Ins and Acid tests, and illustrates the thriving avant-garde scene that existed long before the Grateful Dead and the Fillmore Auditorium came into being. In the UK, he shows an entirely different history, never before explored in such breath-taking detail, where the sublime and the silly co-existed side by side in a peculiarly British take on flower power that drew inspiration as readily from fairy tales, fairgrounds and music halls, as it did from LSD. With a fascinating new perspective on the role of the Beatles, Psychedelia and Other Colours documents a cultural phenomenon, in psychedelia's seminal text.


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A seminal book on Psychedelia, that explores in crystalline detail the history, precedents and cultural impact of LSD.

"Brilliantly written, crammed full of original ideas and, dare I say it, a little educational too. It is a marvellous read." - Shindig Ashley Norris


"Psychedelia and Other Colours, a work of rare scholarship and insight, opens a window onto a much misunderstood multicoloured era." - Spectator Ian Thomson


"As an account of psychedelia's glorious highs and preposterous charms, Chapman's exhaustive exploration of this Arcadian age with take its rightful place as the standard text" - The New Statesman Rob Young

Rob Chapman is the author of perhaps the most acclaimed biography of Syd Barrett: An Irregular Head. He has written three other books and was a member of the Bristol based group, The Glaxo Babies.

General Fields

  • : 9780571282746
  • : Faber & Faber
  • : Faber & Faber
  • : August 2017
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : August 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rob Chapman
  • : Paperback
  • : Main
  • : English
  • : 306.109045
  • : 656