Beginning to See the Light (Again): Joshua White and Gary Panter Make a Detroit Museum a Little More Groovy

Joshua White founded the Joshua Light Show in 1967, not knowing at the time that he would be helping guide countless hippies toward good acid trips with what he describes as an “artisanal psychedelic light show.” In 1968, the show earned a residency at New York’s Fillmore East, which had opened that spring. For about two years, Mr. White and his crew stationed themselves behind a large screen on stage, and improvised multimedia projections for bands like the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and Frank Zappa. He did the lights at Woodstock, but quit the psychedelic light show business not long after.

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