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masoo From: masoo Date: June 17th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
My guess is kinda dull, but I suspect it's just the roots of the musicians. The Dead came out of bluegrass and folk, Pigpen sang the blues. Marty and Jorma of the Airplane were folkies. Quicksilver's first album was already psychedelic, but Dino Valente, who started the band, was a folkie. Country Joe was jazz and folk, Steve Miller was blues, and while Big Brother was pretty zonky thanks to James Gurley's guitar, Janis was blues and folk.

I think these people were all musicians before they were acidheads, and the music they played was mostly folk music, because it was the early 60s and that's what "progressive" white kids played (Miller was from Chicago, so he played blues). As the acid culture increased its influence, the bands moved away from their musical roots, so early on Big Brother's singing "Coo Coo" but by Cheap Thrills Gurley's gone crazy, the first Airplane album is the folkiest, Surrealistic Pillow a little less folky, Baxter's is pure psychedelic, Miller goes from being the Steve Miller Blues Band to recording a side-long psychedelic epic on his first album, and while the first Dead album isn't very odd, the second is Anthem of the Sun.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 19th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I know that history. I even knew it in high school. But I still have a hard time figuring out why the artists who moved from the folk or blues scene into psychedelia thought that their previous training would translate well to the new idiom. Were they simply falling back on what they knew how to do? Maybe my real question should be about the Rolling Stones. Why did they break from their blues roots so dramatically in the time between Aftermath and Beggars Banquet?
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