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Drugs Make Music Better

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 17:15 GMT

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ontario (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Without drugs, the rock ’n’ roll of the ’60s and ’70s would’ve never been as good.

George Case, author of Out Of Our Heads: Rock ’n’ Roll Before The Drugs Wore Off (Backbeat Books), out this March, says music changed the minute rockers started sparking doobies and dropping acid.

For one, those psychedelic sounds and long guitar riffs synonymous with rock wouldn’t exist if musicians – and audiences – hadn’t been ripped out of their minds.

Case says drugs really began creeping into music when avid stoner Bob Dylan got the squeaky-clean Beatles high for the first time.

After that, one could actually “hear the drugs in the music,” from the pot-smoking Doors and The Who, to the trippy LSD stylings of The Grateful Dead.

Case says drugs affected music for the better, even if many rockers overdosed along the way.

To this day, songs like “Time” by Pink Floyd or Black Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf” are great listens while stoned.