How The Site Works:
This site is a labor of love for me, and is done with great respect for the subject and players I interview. I do the site in my spare time, updating when my computer will allow me to and interviewing as I have time.
I find them through various means and let them know I would be honored to have their thoughts and words about their art and works.
I do NOT ask "how many acid trips they took", about "groupies", or any other questions that are simply NONE OF MY BUSINESS. In fact, generally, other than in a very broad sense of "the times", I do not bring up drugs at all unless it is brought up by the interview subject. It is a personal policy out of respect for the artists I talk to that I do not dig for dirt. Period. So PLEASE don't ask me to ask stuff that would be disrespectful to ask!
My quest is for inspiration, information and to help these guys get their due in the computer age, in this little shrine called thepsychedelicguitar.com. When I put their answers up, other than a check for typos (E-mail) and a little editing (phone transcriptions), it is my policy to put it on the site verbatim - no out of context quotes, no editing to suit my personal views; it's what they said & how they said it, and it means a lot to me that they share their words so I'm going to show my respect for them by not jacking with what they have to say.
The consigliore of this site is a psychedelically painted old Guild electric guitar with sentience and character that cannot be denied. Spare me your letters about inanimate objects and worship of idols; tell it to the Guild.
Being as I wasn't even BORN until 1969, the music of the psyche era (like the era itself) is an archaeological dig of sorts. I'm going backwards to all these people's work and new discoveries happen every day. This is why I'm not claiming any expertise whatsoever as a historian or what have you... just a fan.
If YOU are a guitarist of note who played in a psychedelic rock band and have not been contacted, you will be more than likely. If you'd like to HELP the process along by contacting me, please feel free to do so.
If you don't see an interview up long after the name is on my "Questions Sent" list, they didn't send them back. You never know - some are grateful there's still interest, and some come off as if they're going to literally hurl themselves out the nearest window if you dare ask about that band they were in years ago. Me? Personally? I'd answer the questions and be really grateful that anyone gave a crap about my ass, and my music, and what I think. But that's just me. I live for the times I'm asked about the spiritual nature of music, etc. Some guys just aren't that deep - it is, after all, only rock and roll. But I like it. Like it? Yes, I do.
Enjoy the journey; it is the destination.
~Scott the Webmaster