This is a list of books dealing with the Swedish beat and psych era in different ways. The first two books from Premium Publishing are essential if you looking for a full picture of the scene as it where.

STORA POPBOKEN: Svensk Rock & Pop 1954 – 1969
Hans Olofsson & Sture Hallberg
1995, Premium Publishing
This is the complete story of the beat era in Sweden. It’s sold out since long and goes for between 1000 – 3500 SEK on auction.

The Encyclopedia of Swedish Progressive Music 1967-1979
Tobias Petterson & Ulf Henningsson
2007, Premium Publishing (in english!)
This is the complete story of the progressive era in Sweden, lot of psych stuff!

The EP Book – Swedish Rock & Pop Pressings 1954-1969, 2nd edition
Roger Holegård
2009, Premium Publishing (in English!)
Not just Swedish artists in this book.

Mods : Stockholm 1964-1967
Urban Nilmander, Kenneth Ahlborn & Nils-Johan Norenlind
1998, Ordfront/Galago
A book about the mods in Stockholm. It’s very well written and has some nice parts about the club life in Stockholm in the 60s.

60-talspop i Göteborg : Tages, Cue och jag och du
Hans Sidén
2005, Tre Böcker Förlag
Information about the beat scene in Göteborg. Unfortunately the writer is obsessed with his own achievements so the stories are missing out.

Mitt liv som Schaffer
Janne Schaffer & Petter Karlsson
2012, Roos & Tegner
First part of Janne Schaffers memoires tells of the time when Schaffer was a member in bands like Sleepstones and Attractions.


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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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