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Lance Monthly Review
May 2010

The writing is so vivid, graphic and enthusiastic that you feel as if you were a part of Patrick’s colorful and exciting life.

     Like swarms of kids growing up in the fifties, Patrick Campbell-Lyons developed a serious addiction to rock and roll. Born and raised in Ireland, he harbored dreams of becoming a pop star, and at age eighteen, journeyed to England where the music scene was bustling. Here in “Psychedelic Days 1960-1969,” Patrick vividly recounts his adventures. The writing is so vivid, graphic and enthusiastic that you feel as if you were a part of Patrick’s colorful and exciting life. Written by someone who was there and contributed loads of cool tunes to the era, “Psychedelic Days 1960-1969” is informative, humorous, thought provoking and just plain entertaining.
 
     Patrick eventually hit the jackpot with Nirvana—he claimed the name long before a band from Seattle, Washington existed. Experimental and enterprising, Nirvana fit right in with the burgeoning psychedelic community. Throughout “Psychedelic Days 1960-1969,” Patrick recalls his meetings, dealings and, in some instances friendships, with members of The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Pretty Things. Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana also crossed paths, as did artist Salvatore Dali, with whom they actually performed. Instead of merely mentioning the folks with whom Patrick mingled, he goes into depth and detail on what occurred and has a way of describing the personalities of the individuals he writes about. A real jet setter, Patrick has traveled the world over, and jaunts to Belgium, Rio de Janeiro and Morocco are fully covered. Not only will fans of Patrick’s brilliant music dig “Psychedelic Days 1960-1969,” but those with even the slightest interest in the pop culture of the time period will love, and I do mean love, this absolutely delightful book.

 


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