Edited By Anna Suwalska-Kolecka and Izabella Penier
3. Aborted Quests and Failed Acts of Provocation
Andrzej Dorobek State School of Higher Eduction in Płock, Poland firstname.lastname@example.org Polish Acid Rock Approximations Abstract: The following essay is an attempt at discussing the Polish variety of Anglo- American acid rock in historical perspective. After identifying the initial analogies between the original phenomenon and its domestic version (beat beginnings), I shall try to establish why the latter failed to evolve in a parallel way, both in the artistic and sociocultural sense. Thus, I will consider the political incorrectness of rock music in the communist Poland, resulting in the lack of commercial promotion, or even oppression: the limited access to psychedelic/narcotic substances notwithstanding. Consequently, I will recall many prom- ising artists: forbidden to perform or make records (Vox Gentis), ignored by local media (Zdrój Jana), or unable to start any career, due to the indifference of promoters and record companies (Elektrons Beat). Separate space shall be devoted to the analysis of two records that, for different reasons, may be considered most adequate examples of psychedelic inspi- rations in Polish musical reference, though their acid-rock identity is debatable (Korowód by Marek Grechuta & Anawa and Peyotl by Tomasz Stańko). The latter fact implies that there was virtually no psychedelic revolution in Polish music and youth culture: the nega- tive consequences of this situation still being felt. Keywords: psychedelia, acid, beat, rock, creativity, politics, ideology, oppression, commu- nism, underground In the Polish pop/rock music discourse one of the most peculiar notions has al- ways been the one of...
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