Welcome to the 60’s, where the feeling of “Free Love” is in the air, and men and women began flocking to the Haight Ashbury District with flowers in their hair. The pure devotion and passion for music filled people’s soul with peace, while artists like Hendrix, Morrison, Paige, Dylan, and Plant stood like gods at the pantheon of rock n’ roll.
Drugs like LSD, marijuana, and cocaine flowed through California more radically than all the drugs in Hunter S. Thompson’s system from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Those days are regrettably over.
Now are the eras of abstinence education, a failing war on drugs, and a corporate buyout of the music I once held sacred.
The music. Oh, the music! Rock n’ Roll was a guitar engulfed in flames, resonating sounds that take up camp in the mind; it’s a rebel without a cause.
Never in this world will any other music instill a constant rhythm in my heart like the workings of these rock giants.
They played with their hearts, which they wore on their sleeves every night. But the corporations have killed what once was a lifestyle, a culture.
Now we see The Beatles’ songs like “Revolution” used to describe Nike shoes, or the peons of pre-pubescent pop rock, The Jonas Brothers, covering “We Can Work It Out” for Target. Because certainly, when I think of The Beatles, I think of Target!
“The Pusher Man” was not just a great Steppenwolf tune but a dynamic in an age of experimentation when drugs seemed to encourage sex and rock n’ roll altogether. Then the 80’s happened.
We were introduced to Ronald Reagan’s War on Drugs and “Just Say No” campaign along with the emergence of sex education in the form of abstinence.
The War on Drugs was throwing any junkie and stoner in the Big House, which resulted in a demographic that still exists today in which 60 percent of the inmate population is incarcerated due to drug-related incidents.
The problem lies, and still does today, in the ignorance towards drugs (and not to mention top government officials with stock in Big Pharma).
According to the Justice Department, 390,000 die from tobacco (with an additional 50,000 from second hand smoke), 80,000 from alcohol, and only 2,200 people from cocaine, heroin, and ironically aspirin.
Not surprising, zero go to meet their maker each year from marijuana use.
The combined illicit drugs that cause deaths are 1 percent that of alcohol and tobacco which both kill more people each year than all of the people killed by illicit drugs in the last century.
Ironically the junkies are wining the war on drugs, and probably while high on them.
It comes down to what the corporations of the world want to put into your body and your minds.
Whether its their prescription drugs, their idea of safe sex, or their filtered rock n’ roll, the corporations have instituted a formula for crafting artists to push their products on us.