Those 1960s commercials were quite psychedelic here’s an apt and awesome mix of these 1960s psychedelic commercials with some cool music from DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist.
Sly and the family stone performing to the buttoned-up Ed Sullivan crowd in 1969. Just watch the looks on people’s faces as the group descends to the crowd.
And here’s another one by the family. Boy, these guys had style,.
Some real history of psychedelic video. These are videos by 1960s experimental psychedelic film maker Jud Yalkut. Here a quote from a dissertation about Yalkut by psychedelic historian Chris Elcock.
USCO also collaborated with the filmmaker Jud Yalkut, who produced disorienting films allegedly in an attempt to ―find another way to hit people, to dislocate them, and then re-center them at the end – very much a trip analogy.‖102 Masters and Houston described his art as ―a torrent of hurtling colors and lights, forms blinking, whirling, and surging. Image follows image in rapid-fire succession, distorting awareness of time and space as the sensory bombardment continues.‖103 For Gerd Stern, a testimony of Yalkut‘s use of psychedelics is apparent in his heavy use of the in and out zoom,104 as can be seen in his collaborations with the polka-dot artist Yayoi Kusama.105
On March 1, 1968, Kusama presented her ―Self Obliteration‖ at the Cooper Square Arts Theater in front of a crowded audience. To accompany the happening, a band composed of late-teenagers called ―The Dayz Beyond‖ played psychedelic rock. Kusama entered from behind the stage, ―dressed in red leotards with white dots sporadically covering her outfit and wears a long-furred black coat.‖ She was soon followed by three semi-nude men who wore US flags around their waists. As she began to paint dots on their skin, more naked or near-naked participants joined in. Then, a fake policeman arrived on stage, swinging his club and shouting that everyone was under arrest. He was wrestled down to the floor and stripped. Kusama then produced a print of the Mona Lisa and began painting dots on it, while a film partly made and edited by Yalkut appeared on a screen, just above the band. The whole event was intensified by flashing strobes.106
(From:Elcock, Chris. “High New York: The Birth of A Psychedelic Subculture in the American City.” PhD thesis, University of Saskatchewan, 2015.)
A new soothingly beautiful visual rendition for the Velvet Underground’s 1967 “Sunday Morning” to celebrate 50 years to The Banana Album.
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Five short experimental psychedelic films from the 1960s.
1 – 00:00 Chas Wyndham, Airborn, 1968; 3 min. The soundtrack is instrumental psychedelic rock.
2 – 3:13 Jerry Abrams, Eyetoon, 1968; 8 min. The soundtrack is avant garde electronics.
3 – 10:58 Stan VanDerBeek, Film Form No. 1, 1970; 10 min. the soundtrack is sitar music.
4 – 21:20 Hy Hirsh, La Couleur de la Forme, 1960, 6min. the soundtrack is Jazz.
5 – 27:30 Dan Agnew, Doppler Effect Version II, 1969, 4.5 min. The soundtrack is avant garde electronics.
As Donald Drumpf enters the white house and we enter deeper into the historical abyss of late-capitalism it might be worth to remember just how cheerful things seemed some 50 years ago, the 1967 Montreal World Expo and in the Osaka 1970 Expo.
World exhibitions are a genre that has kind of passed on from the world, which is a shame. In the past they were used to offer a vision of the future, and though those futures seem kind of naive today, I kind of miss those people who tried giving us a universalisitc and hopeful vision for the planet and mankind. This might be a time to revive the world Expo (there’s one scheduled to happen in Dubai in 2020).
Watch the last two minutes of the clip from the Osaka 1970 expo and you are in for a treat with all those Japanese dancers waving the flags of all the nations of the earth. Oh the camaraderie!