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Tomorrow Never Knows

Rock and Psychedelics in the 1960s

Tomorrow Never Knows takes us back to the primal scene of the 1960s and asks: what happened when young people got high and listened to rock as if it really mattered—as if it offered meaning and sustenance, not just escape and entertainment? What did young people hear in the music of Dylan, Hendrix, or the Beatles? Bromell’s pursuit of these questions radically revises our understanding of rock, psychedelics, and their relation to the politics of the 60s, exploring the period’s controversial legacy, and the reasons why being "experienced" has been an essential part of American youth culture to the present day.

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234 pages | 8 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2000

Culture Studies

History: American History

Literature and Literary Criticism: American and Canadian Literature

Music: General Music

Table of Contents

Introduction: "Living to Music"- Remembering Rock and Psychedelics in the ’60s
1. "Something That Never Happened Before"- The Early Beatles and the Sense of an Ending
2. "Heartbreak Hotel"- At the Crossroads of White Loneliness and the Blues
3. "Something’s Happening Here"- The Fusion of Rock and Psychedelics
4. "I Was Alone, I Took a Ride"- Revolver, Revolution, Technology
5. "Never Do See Any Other Way"- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
6. "Evil" Is "Live" Spelled Backwards- The Radical Self in Highway 61 Revisited and The White Album
Afterword: "Our Incompleteness and Our Choices"- Forgetting the ’60s and Remembering Them
Appendix 1. Music, Form, and Meaning
Appendix 2. The Form and Work of the Blues

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