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God damn the pusher man

THOSE OF US OLD ENOUGH to have at least wit­nessed “the Sixties”—even if only as teenagers watching it happen all around us—remember that there was a time when the terms “dealer” and “pusher” were NOT syn­ony­mous. A dealer sold only “good” drugs—“head drugs”—like mar­i­juana, hash, and the oc­ca­sional psy­che­delic (mostly LSD). [Continue reading]

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the byrds’ mind gardens and outrageous fortunes

MIND GARDENS, one of David Cros­by’s con­tri­bu­tions to the Byrds’ legacy, has been a bone of con­tention among fans since its re­lease on the YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY album in 1967. Ac­tu­ally, using that eu­phemism is in­ac­cu­rate: al­most everyone has some­thing neg­a­tive to say about the recording—the lyrics, the singing, the music.  [Continue reading]

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the return of max frost and the troopers (is this part 6 of the pseudo-psychedelic chad & jeremy essay?)

THIS ARTICLE IS AN ADDITION to the five part essay on the pseudo-psychedelic record­ings of Chad & Je­remy from 1967-68. Please read those first and then this will make more sense. A note of in­terest to the real diehard Chad & Je­remy col­lec­tors: the ver­sion of Paxton Quigley’s Had The Course that ac­tu­ally ap­pears on the sound­track album THREE IN THE ATTIC was recorded by ses­sion mu­si­cians and cred­ited to Max Frost and The Troopers. [Continue reading]

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of cabbages and kings, of arks and attics (the pseudo-psychedelic sound of chad & jeremy part 5)

THIS IS THE FIFTH of five ar­ti­cles de­voted to the trio of al­bums and their re­lated sin­gles that Chad & Je­remy re­leased in 1967-1968. OF CABBAGES AND KINGS and THE ARK and the sound­track to 3 IN THE ATTIC re­flect the more ‘pop’-oriented psy­che­deli­cism of the Eng­lish mu­si­cians at the time and have long been held in a bit of con­tempt by older afi­cionados and col­lec­tors of Six­ties psych. [Continue reading]