Taking listeners on a trip through the golden age of psychedelia from the mid-sixties to Altamont. Researched & presented by 6 Music’s Marc Riley and music journalist Rob Hughes.
Welcome to the A to Z of Psychedelia on 6 Music
Full length introductory episode to welcome you to the box set. Marc and Rob set out their stall discussing the main themes and players & their flexible approach to the alphabet!
A is for Acid, Animals and Ambrose Slade
Did you know the Rolling Stones took a witch on tour with them? How drugs affected the 13th Floor Elevators' Roky Erickson and the treatment he had to endure? It's all in here.
B is for Barrett, Buckley and Byrds
When Syd met Gilmore, what is the definition of psycedelia, the truth about the Byrds song Eight Miles High and how a gift of a banjo aged 13, influenced the young Tim Buckley.
C is for Cream, Crazy World and Chocolate Watchband
The Chocolate Watchband support Frank Zappa but don't support The Grateful Dead or Jefferson Airplane - disaster. The Creation play an electric guitar with a violin bow - unique.
D is for Doors, Donovan and Dantalian's Chariot
Was Jim Morrison's dad responsible for the escalation of the Vietnam War? Was there tension between Donovan and Bob Dylan? - see Donovan's song Hey Mr Tangerine Eyes.
E is for Easy Riders, Experiments and Electric Prunes
Which band were given their first break by an estate agent and played the definitive Psych song? Eddie Kramer helps the beatles and the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix - legend.
Phenomenal! If you want the ultimate inside baseball about punk and psych, this is it. Absolutely stellar for amateurs and experts alike - I can comment from both perspectives:
I was out of my depth with psych and found it a little hard to follow sometimes, but stayed on for the tremendous stories (they get better as the episodes go on!) Discovered countless, terrific new psych bands on the way.
I was not out of my depth on punk. Marc and Rob are a bit weak on the Americans (especially American Hard Core - Bad Brains aren't underrated over here, mate!) but they give the clearest sense of the English scene as to be found anywhere. Absolutely stellar.
Highly, highly recommend. Already planning to listen to the whole thing again!
Fast-paced and jammed with information
I loved these on Marc’s regular show, so I’m really glad the BBC made them available as a podcast. Do yourself a favor and listen—you’ll learn a lot, and I promise you’ll never be bored!
I’ve been listening to these on Marc Riley’s regular BBC 6 radio show and have learned much while jamming to the tunage. If you love music and want to understand the roots of new wave, goth, grunge, electronic, and so much more, have a listen.