Date of Award

Spring 1975

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Grams, John


My interest in rock and roll music originated with the introduction of the music In the 1950's. As rock and roll continued to develop and expand, the music experienced various levels of conversion. It will be the purpose of this paper to examine the multifarious faces of rock and roll with particular emphasis on the acid rock period ·that began in the Sixties. Acid rock's pervasive influence permeated not only the music industry, but also a youth subculture and Introduced a method of communication. and life style to America that precluded its being Ignored. In order to accurately reproduce the spirit of this period, quotes and song lyrics are presented verbatim. The language and color of the counterculture ls also examined In Its original form. Even though some of the language may be offensive, it is the responsibility of the historian to provide a true picture of the era. Language Is an Important part of that picture.