This overview of seven artists - a compilation of images, essays, and interviews - aims to revise and expand common perceptions of the 1960s psychedelic aesthetic. (Jan Stuart The New York Times Book Review
As Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art, by Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadel, shows, Edelmann's story isn't the only exception to some of the generally held rules of sixties psychedelic art. Another is that there were no great women artists of the period. How, then, to explain Marijke Koger, member of the design collective the Fool (which created, for instance, the costumes for the Magical Mystery Tour film), painter (her murals for the Aquarius Theater provided the backdrop for the famed LA run of Hair), set designer (on the 1968 film Wonderwall), and onetime musician (she's credited as the tambourinist during the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" telecast). A modern women, she did it all.
The language of psychedelia existed beyond the borders of the Western world, too. Two of the seven artists profiled in the book are Japanese. Keiichi Tanaami's illustrations, record sleeves, and posters are inflected with elements of ukiyo and manga, Pop art and underground comics; they're also significantly informed by his memories of World War II. "Toyko was on fire," he recalls. "It was very psychedelic for me." (Nicole Rudick The Paris Review Daily
...in "Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art", a book of previously unpublished photos, as well as essays and interviews, Ms. Koger and other artists who defined the look of the '60s get their due. (Erica M. Blumenthal The New York Times