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Psychedelia (20th Century Rock & Roll) Paperback – December, 1999
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The 20th CENTURY ROCK AND ROLL Series from COLLECTORS GUIDE PUBLISHING presents the top artists of the last half century in an informative and entertaining format that will keep you iinterested from cover to cover.
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Belmo places himself at the cutting edge of psychedelic fandom, but, when push comes to shove, his categories and his lists are banal and predictable. Why would some of the albums he rates highly in the "Top 100 Psychedelic Albums" appendix list have no discussion in his book? Does anyone really think that the Strawberry Alarm Clock was a serious psychedelic group? Frank Zappa loathed drugs, especially LSD, but Belmo includes him, pretty much without real qualifications, in the list of psychedelic artists. Isn't this an insult to Zappa as a creative genius and cultural spokesperson? Belmo gives no indication that he can distinguish between the genuine article and some record mogul's fraudulent marketing scheme to put some mop-topped guys in wild bell bottoms and call them psychedelic.
While Belmo does make some interesting observations, they are few and far between, and he's more likely to say over and over again that Song X or Album X or Group X embodies the greatest achievement of the psychedelic era.
Perhaps Belmo was there (somewhere in South Dakota), but this book, its standards, and its lists could have been written by anyone who spent an hour or two on the internet or listening to Rhino Records' great "Nuggets" collection.
If you want a more reliable (and much better written) perspective on the era and its music, go to old issues of Crawdaddy or Rolling Stone, when both of those rags were genuinely counter-cultural touchstones for whatever was cutting edge psychedelia.