Archive for May, 2012

In memory of Thomas Mera Gartz

Thomas Mera Gartz, drummer in Träd, Gräs och Stenar, Pärson Sound, Mecki Mark Men, Harvester and International Harvester, has died at the age of 68. An amazing musician and human being is gone, leaving us in great loss. Thomas was a fantastic source of inspiration and with a heart with room for all. An innovator and discoverer in his music, a drumming shaman.

Below is an article from Dagen Nyheter July 23th , 1967. Thomas was then playing with both Mecki Mark Men and Pärson Sound, two bands that revolutionized the swedish sound forever.


Swedish Beat & Psych has no commercial purposes or aspirations. This site is merely an expression of love and admiration for the music and its creators.

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Discover the music that hit the people of Sweden in the 1960s. It was coming from the ground, just like the name of the Lee Kings’ song, and it could be raw, explosive and damn good. Other times naive, childish and inferior copies of the British beat. It seems that every kid in the 1960′s was standing and beating on the guitar in a garage. Pretending to be Beatles or Stones, with a few exceptions that found their inspiration elsewhere. The lucky ones made a record deal and got out on the road to perform in clubs and stages all over this elongated country. So came the Summer of love and the music turned wilder, beat became psychedelic. This site tries to cover some of the beat and psych era in Sweden between 1964 – 1972. Writing and collecting what is possible. Almost like the beat fans did in scrapbooks full of admiraton, love and affection. Do you have something to contribute? Don’t hesitate to contact me.
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