The first psychedelic hit to top Billboard’s pop chart was “Sunshine Superman,” by Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan Leitch. Written as a love song to Linda Lawrence, the song was recorded in December 1965 and released in July ’66, climbing to #1 on the charts in September of that year. Sunshine was slang for LSD, and many feel that this song was about an LSD trip.
In my early 20s, I was once tripping, and the psychedelic posters hanging on my bedroom wall appeared to come alive. At the same time, I was having a long and surprisingly intense discussion with Janis Joplin (who had perished several years earlier).Consequently, for this series, I've superimposed images of the model Kate Ri, herself digitally painted in psychedelic images, against a backdrop of 1960s vintage posters. And, as much as I love Donovan's original version of the song, my favorite is the recently recorded version by Dr. Lonnie Smith and Iggy Pop, which pays tribute to the transcendental nature of the song.