Write 6 pages thesis on the topic rock-n-roll and the use of drugs in the period between 1955 and 1966. The preperiodic 1955 and 1966 were pivotal. The course of social change also saw changes in how intellectualism was pursued, leading to more massive use during that period.
. . . . . . . . . . . In 1966, Grace Slick wrote one of the more iconic songs that projected the connection between literacy, rock and roll, and the drug culture. Referencing Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, she wrote, “One pill makes you larger/One pill makes you small/ And the ones that mother gives you/Don’t do anything at all/Go ask Alice/When she’s ten feet tall” (Farber, 2007, p. 62). At the same time, there has been a struggle between embracing the effects of drug use and the consequences of indulging in drugs with too much intensity. Rock and roll lifestyles are filled with the hedonism of sex and drugs and written to reflect the spiral downward taken through the’ looking glass’ when drug abuse takes over one’s life. One of the more famous quotes about drug use and the early years of rock and roll came from David Crosby, who said, “if you can remember the 60s, you weren’t there”, intimating the close connection between the use of drugs, forgetfulness during use and the revolutions of the 1960s which included a high level of drug use (Farber, 2007, p. 63).
. . . . . . . . . . . Drug abuse and alcoholism, as it was connected to musicians, did not begin in the 1960s. There are high levels of artistic emotions combined with the pressures of success, drug use, and alcohol abuse. However, cultural groups that specifically aligned themselves with drugs’ use was a relatively new phenomenon in the 1950s. The type of groups defined by a sort of intellectualism following some of the great writers of the time and following paths towards hedonism and self-indulgences were’ beatniks’ and’ bohemians’ of the 1950s. The music of jazz and folk music, two genres that helped form the structures of rock and roll, were a type of music that drew people towards it that often indulged in drug use.According to Weinstein (1999), “the initial sparks were struck in the 1940s that set the counterculture ablaze with drugs in the 1960s” (p. 169). .