May 5, 2016
Welcome back Diggers to Episode Nine: The Medium, The Message, The Music. This show will contain familiar elements — storytelling, commentary, and musicology — but it is also a bit of a departure.
It takes place mostly in the mid-sixties, but we’re not following a timeline or building a story: it’s more of a mosaic, a think-piece.
We think the influence of psychedelic drugs — especially LSD — on rock music is critically important and very much overlooked. It’s a vital part of the overall story. We hope to make that case with this show.
We will meet some rockers and there will be lots of musical examples, because that’s how we roll. But we will also meet scholars, inventors, researchers and writers: Marshall McLuhan, Albert Hofmann, Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey…and more.
We will spend some time on the advances in music technology — better instruments and amps, multi-tracking and effects — and show these advances in the musical media arrive at the same time as advances in the psychedelic media.
And the results of that arrival are, well, mind-blowing.
We’re going “Further” with this episode, so turn on, tune in, and enjoy!
Jay Stevens performed by Tim Lynch
Peter Ames Carlin performed by Tom Rizzuto
Tom Wolfe performed by Ronald Purser
Sound provided by Jerry Danielsen and Busy Signal Studios