The Charlatans and the birth of acid rock
Showdown at the Red Dog Saloon, LSD, and the first psychedelic concert poster
It is one of those facts of life that pioneers often do not reap the rewards for their endeavours. When a San Francisco rock band called The Charlatans landed up one day in Virginia City, Nevada in the summer of 1965, local residents must have felt that the past had suddenly engulfed them all over again. The rag-tag members of The Charlatans were dressed in Wild West costumes, looking like gunslingers who had ridden into town.