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Bibliography » Origins of the Light Show

Excerpts from the following sources are variously used in preparation for a discussion about cultural, artistic, and historical influences influences on the development of the light show as a part of the psychedelic rock scene between 1966-1970.

(1966). “Bedlam at the Discoteques.” Life (May 27): 72-76.

The mainstream press looks at current trends toward lighting technology in urban dance clubs.

(1967). “The Hippies.” Time (July 7): 18-22. Vol 90, no. 1.

A Time Magazine cover story on the Hippie culture in the Hait-Ashbury.

(1967). “Love on Hait.” Time (March 17): 27. Vol. 89, no. 11.

A Time Magazine look at the scene in the Hait-Ashbury in 1967.

(1967). “The Art of Light and Lunacy: The New Underground Films.” Time (February 17): 94-100. Vol. 89, no. 7.

Time Magazine looks at recent trends in abstract film in 1967.

Brougher, S., Wiseman, and Zilczer (2005). Into the Vortex. Visual Music: Synaesthesia in art and music since 1900. New York, NY, Thames and Hudson: 154-171.

This chapter in the companion volume to the Gallery Exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum explores the history of the Light Show as it developed out of the art scene of the 50s and 60s.

Grunenberg, Christoph. Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era. London: Tate, 2005.

This is a companion volume to the exhibition of the same title at the Tate in 2005 and Whitney in 2007. Includes essays on Art in the Psychedelic era with many references and images of light shows. Includes extensive bibliographic information.

Link to Tate Museum site: http://www.tate.org.uk/liverpool/exhibitions/summeroflove/
Link to Whitney Museum site: http://whitney.org/www/exhibition/SOL_exhib.jsp

Mason, N. (2004). Inside Out a Personal History of Pink Floyd. San Francisco, Chronicle Books: 46-51 ,70-77.

Includes some recollections about the people, places, and techniques used by Pink Floyd and collaborating artists to create early shows in the London Underground scene of the late 60s.

Perry, C. (1985). The Hait-Ashbury: a history. New York, NY, Vintage Books: 66-71.

Excerpt discussing origins of the light show in the 1960s.

Kostelanetz, Richard, and Raeanne Rubenstein. The Fillmore East: Recollections of Rock Theater. New York: Schirmer Books, 1995.

Discussion of the ideas and people behind the Joshua Light Show at the Fillmore East 1969-1971.

Schaffner, N. (1991). A Saucer Full of Secrets. New York, NY, Dell Publishing: 30-34.

A history of the development of the lighting effects used by Pink Floyd and collaborating artists to create early shows in the London Underground scene of the late 60s.

Seay. (1985). Moving Murals and Cultural Debris. San Francisco Nights The Psychedelic Music Trip 1965-1968. New York, NY, Saint Martin’s Press: 102-103.

A description of the Light Show as it developed as an element of the ballroom shows of the late 1960s.