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The London scene did not have a lot of direct contact with San Francisco so it was more an interpretation of the movement. Allen Ginsberg was someone who traveled to London in 1965 and organized a poetry meeting "Poets of the World/Poets of Our Time" at the Royal Albert Hall and psychedlia begins to bloom in London.

Then Michael Hollinshead opened the World Psychedelic Center in London in Fall 1965. In 1966 the Indica bookshop opens up (where John Lennon gets his copy of The Psychedelic Experience, parts of which end up in Tomorrow Never Knows). Also in 1966 was the London Free School that had people having dialogues about the culture, and then in Dec 1966 the International Times were published as an answer to SF's The Oracle. There was also a UFO Club which was where people gathered to drop acid and trip.



The Pink Floyd, led by Syd Barrett was an early psychedlic leader with singles like:





(of which I am more familiar to the David Bowie version from 1973):



And The Pink Floyd refused to play those singles live and would only play weird jams. This frustrated their fans.



This whole video is awesome, watch a few minutes of it. The guy reviewing them is fantastic.

Here's another:



They recorded Piper at the Gates of Dawn in 1967 in Abbey Road studios while the Beatles are recording (probably Magical Mystery Tour) and Paul was said to be interested and listened to several sessions.

And then they dumped Syd. :( Poor schizophrenic Syd.

More London bands in the underground scene, not having international success:

The Soft Machine:



Tomorrow (which has Steve Howe from Yes on guitar):



This guy is fucking hilarious - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown:



That guy seems to be actually on fire. That band had Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake and Palmer in it.



So these are the underground groups.
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