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Turn on Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  8 reviews
(Book). Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock is a history and critical examination of rock's most inventive genre. Whether or not psychedelic drugs played a role (and as many musicians say they've used them as not), psychedelic rock has consistently charted brave new worlds that exist only in the space between the headphones. The history books tell us ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
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I very much liked the fact that DeRogatis didn't stick with the traditional sense of what psychedelic rock is in this book. Instead he places it in a much broader context and draws lines tot other genres and bands that would never have been labelled psychedelic rock otherwise (even U2!).
You could say that the lists of bands, albums and songs are very much Jim DeRogatis own favorites ('this is my version of psychedelic rock', he writes in the preface), instead of an 'objective' overview, but tha
Jonathan Kranz
A mixed bag. For me, the most rewarding aspect of the book was its list of listening recommendations. Thanks to Derogatis, I've opened my ears to bands/albums I had previously neglected, such as The Dream Syndicate, My Bloody Valentine, Spacemen 3, Stereolab, Olivia Tremor Control, and many others.

But the actual narrative portion of the book, the story of psychedelic rock, failed to cover ground I hadn't tread before. I wish the author had dug deeper: show us some surprising inspirations for ps
Danny Volt
For all intents, this is a 5-star. It's a must-read.

In the into, he claims it isn't all-encompassing genre-wise, but in reality, it's about as exhaustive as anyone could expect.

I hate to drop it from 5 to 4-star — actually more like 4.5, with some nitpicks:
* He mostly dismisses Camper Van Beethoven. He does mention Cracker's "Low" as off-the-radar psychedelia, but mentions CVB only in terms of its covers (Interstellar Overdrive & Pictures of Matchstick Men), even though Camper's third albu
The amount of music talked about here is overwhelming. I could spend years mining the albums here.
A kind of pot pouri of psychedic rock and to some stent prog, It's a book that is unflinching in it's definition of this genre and given the multitude of books of this nature espousing Punk a Psychedelic is kind of overdue.
I enjoyed it for what it is a guide and a pointer for other sounds, some of the authors recomendations for contempary psychedelic sounds are maybe a little too far away from the original ethic to hold much wait but he makes a decent argument nevertheless
"I've seen, like, spirits moving through the walls. I've seen a vortex coming through the wall. I've seen amorphous balls of light bouncing around the front yard. I've seen giant bugs on the floor."
Being a bit of a niche genre in music, it was good to see this book. It covers psychedelic music from its beginnings up to the turn of the century.
John Van Walsum
good read, a bit slow at times.
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James "Jim" DeRogatis (born 1964 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American music critic. DeRogatis has written articles for magazines such as Spin, Guitar World and Modern Drummer. He is also the Pop Music Critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. He often tries to separate himself from other music critics by promoting bands that have not yet become widely popular, but are close to doing so.

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