Acid rock is a form of Psychedelic Rock, which is characterised by long instrumental solos, often the songs are fully instrumental, and in a similar way to Jazz, Jazz Rock, and Jazz Fusion, the lyrics, and musical content is improvisation.
Acid Rock has been described as "LSD-influenced music" and a number of acts have been credited with this sound over the years, including, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Iron Butterfly, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Blue Cheer, Deep Purple and The Grateful Dead.
Acid Rock got its name because it served as "background" music for LSD induced trips during underground parties during the 1960s, "Acid" of course being another term for LSD.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jerry Garcia quoted The Grateful Dead band member Phil Lesh stating, "acid rock is what you listen to when you are high on acid." Garcia further stated there is no real Psychedelic Rock and that it is Indian Classical music and some Tibetan music that are examples of music "designed to expand consciousness."
In 1968 Life magazine referred to The Doors as the "Kings of Acid Rock".
Acid Rock Artists List
Below is a list of some of the artists within this genre;-
- Amon Düül
- Big Brother and the Holding Company
- Blue Cheer
- Blues Creation
- Captain Beyond
- Country Joe and the Fish
- Pink Floyd
- The Seeds
- Sir Lord Baltimore
- Spacemen 3
- Steve Miller Band
- Strawberry Alarm Clock