Greetings KEXPers, Michele Myers here. I create KEXP Documentaries for the station. We bring you a musical subject in the time it takes to play just one song.
Our new series, Psychedelics, starts in the year 1966 with episodes on the The Byrds, The Velvet Underground, The Beatles and Jefferson Airplane. We’ll explore the British psych scene with Pink Floyd in 68 and then roll around in the mud at Woodstock in 69 with Sly and the Family Stone. In the 80’s we’ll enter the surreal world of The Flaming Lips then bliss out to house music with The Orb. The series ends with today’s new breed of psychedelic bands: Spiritualized and Animal Collective.
We’re just getting started though, and this first episode is on the group that pioneered the psychedelic guitar sound. Commercial folk musicians gone counterculture: Los Angeles band The Byrds.
KEXP Documentaries air every Thursday at 3pm on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole and Saturdays at 2pm on Stevie Zoom’s show. You can hear all our KEXP Docs in the On Demand section of kexp.org.