2006-10-12 MUSC205 Paper

2006-10-12 MUSC205 Paper - Alan VanToai 108877115 MUSC205...

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Alan VanToai 108877115 MUSC205 Section 109 Dr. Richard King Frank Latino October 11, 2006 Drugs and Pop Music Since the inception of popular music, artists and drugs have shared a close relationship. In fact, one could make the argument that drugs and pop music go hand in hand. Two eras of pop music that were heavily influenced by drugs were the 70s Acid Rock, and the 80s disco scene. The most obviously drug-influenced era in American history, and consequently in American pop music, was the 70s. The 1970s was a time of a rebirth and de- commercialization of rock, political unrest due to the Vietnam War, and the post-beat generation hippie counter-culture. The 70s were at the tail end of an explosion of LSD use that had started in the mid-60s and wasn’t made illegal until 1967. The Grateful Dead was the first group that comes to mind when relating pop-music to drugs in the 1970s. In the late 60s, the Grateful Dead were key players in the Acid Tests with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. This widespread use of acid and marijuana continued into the 70s,
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