The death of Lou Reed last week has prompted a comparison of the Grateful Dead and the Velvet Underground. Both bands called themselves The Warlocks in 1965, but both bands changed their names upon learning that another band had already recorded under that name. The Dead were the house band for Ken Kesey and the Marry Pranksters Acid Tests in San Francisco. Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground were the house band for Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable in New York City. These two bands were the pioneers in the extended jam as well as performing electrical feedback on stage.
Join us this week on Shakedown Stream as we present a live performance of the Dead at an Acid Test in San Francisco in 1966. It is one of the LSD experimental sounds that contributed to the cultural revolution in America during the 1960s. Can You Pass the Acid Test?