What is Psychedelic movement?

The psychedelic movement took place between the 1960s and the 1970s. Although we are going to refer to it as psychedelic movement, it is also known as the Hippie counter-culture craze. It influenced music, art, literature…

Image 1. 1984, George Orwell

It was the result of mixing the Beat Generation and the Sputnik movement. It surged as an opposition to the Vietnam war, commercialism, nuclear weapons and the middle class. But also, it was against the political and economical situation of the times. For instance, image 5 is based on Orwell’s novel 1984 (Orwell, 1989), which is dystopian novel and in a way represents this movement.


The psychedelic movement represented a utopian society whose motif was “if it feels good, do it!”. Its followers used to take drugs like cannabis or LSD to experience visual and auditory hallucinations in order to expand their conciousness. You can see the following video about Woodstock 1968: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB1pV8zRVaw

Some of the main characteristics are the sense of unity -they lived in communes developing eco-friendly practices and travelling by the famous VW bus-, the empathy, the political awareness and the search of happiness above all. They broke with boundaries through practicing free love and love liberation.

Peter simon COMMUNE Dancing

From now on, you will find more posts about the musical background, its features, differences between psychedelic pop and rock genres, bands and their main songs, etc.

If you want to see a summary of this post and a brief introduction to the next ones, you can read this presentation:


If you want to learn more about the different artistic movement you can visit these pages:

  • Psychedelic graphic designs:



  • The Hippie Counter Culture:


  • The Psychedelic experience:


  • Psychedelic literature:



Reference list

D. J. Nutt, and R. L. Carhart-Harris. “LSD Enhances the Emotional Response to Music.” Psychopharmacology 232.19 (2015): 3607-614. Print.

Orwell, G. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 17 oct. 1983







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