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EXPERIENCE THE WEST COAST POP ART EXPERIMENTAL BAND
Welcome to the official The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band site. Few groups to emerge from Los Angeles in the latter half of the sixties have proved both as fascinating and elusive as the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.
Few groups to emerge from Los Angeles in the latter half of the sixties have proved both as fascinating and elusive as the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Like their unwieldy name they have long seemed a mass of contradictions: recording ‘psychedelic’ music whilst, for the most part, eschewing drugs; railing against the evils of money despite the fact that most of them came from privileged backgrounds; and singing anti-war anthems whilst they fought with each other. Their music encompassed a wealth of different genres whilst their lyrics veered from the starkly political to the naive and child-like; at turns dark and sinister, at others simply insane. Despite critical suspicion and public indifference in their own time, their music remains a remarkable achievement; not least as an example of how extraordinary music could emerge from a group driven by internal conflicts and held in thrall to a man driven by dubious motives.
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