Meg De la Torre Mr. Eisenstein Junior Research Project May 26 2017 The Effects of Psychedelic Rock on Gender Roles and Other Social Norms In an interview in 1998 Ken Kesey a major player in the development of psychedelic rock discussed his famous “Acid Tests” parties in the early 1960’s. These parties were an opportunity for people to take drugs specifically ‘acid’ (LSD) or marijuana and listen to a new type of music: psychedelic rock. For Kesey mixing bands like the Grateful Dead with hallucinogenic drugs was a chance for people to “discover what’s out there” and to “continue to move away from the norm” (Dickens 37). In this sense psychedelic rock and roll sought to make its listeners think deeply about themselves and push the boundaries of what was considered socially acceptable. Perhaps most importantly this process of examining society invariably led many young adults in the 1960s to Ken Kesey on and off the Bus in the 1960s. Middle Tennessee State University 2015. Fachner Jorg. “The Space between the Notes: Research on Cannabis and Music Perception.” Looking Back Looking Ahead-Popular Music Studies vol. 20 Citeseer 2002 pp. 308–319. Hawkins Stan. Queerness in Pop Music: Aesthetics Gender Norms and Temporality. Vol. 10 Routledge 2015. Kauppila Paul. “The Sound of the Suburbs: A Case Study of Three Garage Bands in San Jose California during the 1960s.” Popular Music and Society vol. 28 no. 3 Taylor & Francis 2005 pp. 391–405. Leary Timothy. Turn On Tune In Drop out. Ronin Publishing 2009. McHale Brian. “Things Then Did Not Delay in Turning Curious: Some Versions of Alice 1966-2010.” Uppsala University vol. 17 2010 projectnarrative.osu.edu Reising Russell. “Melting Clocks and the Hallways of Always: Time in Psychedelic Music.” Popular Music and Society vol. 32 no. 4 Taylor & Francis 2009 pp. 523–547. [...]
I have a rough draft that I can share with you and you can rearrange that and make it better. My topic is psychedelic rock in the 60s and how that gave them an outlet to challenge gender norms and how they diverged from social norms.