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Christine Gapuz (0 posts)
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Aug 7, 2010

What Exactly Is Acid Rock?

There are a lot of music genres and kinds of rock. What is acid rock?
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Leslie Pryor (23 posts  +8 likes)
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Aug 26, 2010

I'm from that era and acid rock referred to the drug use era---it was rock that was helpful in taking a drug "trip", and the psychedelic rage of the Haight-Ashbury generation, hence, the name "acid" rock.  Acid was the street term for LSD, a psychedelic drug used popularly in the 1960's, and using it was taking a "trip".  When acid rock started to appear on the music scene, it was touted as having a corrupting influence on the younger generation with lyrics and sounds that perpetuated the use of drugs such as LSD.

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Alex Learmont (1 posts  +0 likes)
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Aug 17, 2010

If I'm not mistaken, originally, acid rock was used to describe certain bands(for example: Pink Floyd, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Cream, Iron Butterfly) in the 60's and 70's that commonly used extended instrumentals/experimental playing/musical improvisation/ambient noise/etc.

Not sure if the "genre" still exists for modern acts though.

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