Recently, we chatted with Mark Iosifescu, an editor for Anthology Editions, the publisher behind the newly released “13th Floor Elevators: A Visual History,” by Paul Drummond, who discusses the 13th Floor Elevators’ influence on psychedelics, counterculture and the music of today.
How did you get involved with the book and what initially attracted you to it?
Mark Iosifescu: The idea of doing a visual history of the 13th Floor Elevators stretches back years. In fact, it predates the founding of Anthology Editions in 2016. Paul Drummond has been researching the band for more than two decades, and in the process, he’s accumulated what is undoubtedly the most comprehensive archive of the band’s materials in the world. Anthology’s creative directors had been in touch in regards to using the archive to tell the Elevators’ story, since soon after, Paul published “Eye Mind,” his text biography of the band.
The Elevators were and are an extraordinary,…
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