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Turn on Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock

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(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 January 1st 2003 by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
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Sep 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
"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."
Wray Finks
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
My poor Spotify account. I stuffed my playlists with dozens and dozens of new albums as I was reading this book. It will take weeks to listen to all this new music. This collection reviews and recommends a large gamut of artists, songs, and albums, so be prepared to read it for that purpose. I realized how much I have always been attracted to stranger sounds in music as I progressed from one decade to the next, reading about all the different forms of psychedelia. As the chapters started to focu ...more
Danny Volt
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
John Van Walsum
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
good read, a bit slow at times.
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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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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