San Francisco Psychedelic Rock

By Rebeka Knott
CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - 2013/03/30: Haight-Ashbury is a district of San Francisco named for the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets. It is also called The Haight. (Photo by John S Lander/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The psychedelic rock style of rock music that became popular in the 1960’s was an era that was largely inspired by hallucinogens, or so-called “mind-expanding” drugs such as marijuana and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide; “acid”), and that reflected drug-induced states through the use of feedback, electronics, and intense volume.

Chances are you have heard of a beatnik. In case you haven’t, a beatnik is a stereotypical cultural term to describe individuals who bought into the literary movement in the 1950’s. There was an entire generation of beatniks. Typically, beatniks were known for their drug use and pseudointellectualism; meaning that no one really understood them! They were typically characterized as almost cartoonish, yet real-life people. They seemingly didn’t have a care in the world but were “deep” at the same time.

Beatniks were easily identified just by looking at them.