Tangent Sunset

The History of Conscious Music by Alex Cosper

Escape To Other Worlds


Throughout the entire sixties there were songs about escape. The decade started with JFK's vision of a man visiting the moon. The most popular television shows took place in the old west then later outer space shows became popular. By the middle of the decade, as a counter culture was blossoming, a lot of young people turned to escape through mind-altering drugs. This paralleled the rise of psychedelic music, which set out to explore music beyond traditional structure.

Psychedelia began to shift from underground to mainstream as early psychedelic pop hits included "Eight Miles High" by The Byrds in 1965 then "Psychotic Reaction" by The Count Five in 1966 and the ultimate escapist anthem "Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles in 1967. Later in the decade psychedelia would become a recognizable parody of itself in pop hits like "Green Tambourine" by The Lemon Pipers and "Hair" by The Cowsills. But the psychedelia that tried to invent new music turned out to be timeless.


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