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Where would music be without drugs?

Asked by silverfly (4045points) May 21st, 2010

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Bill Hicks said it right: “You see, I think drugs have done some good things for us. I really do. And if you don’t believe drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor. Go home tonight. Take all your albums, all your tapes and all your CDs and burn them. ‘Cause you know what, the musicians that made all that great music that’s enhanced your lives throughout the years were rrreal fucking high on drugs. The Beatles were so fucking high they let Ringo sing a few tunes.”

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CMaz's avatar

Somewhere else. But still music.

silverfly's avatar

Haha, not good enough. I need more imagination buddy. Just removing the Beatles kills a ton of songs, bands, etc. Not that I like the Beatles that much but still!

marinelife's avatar

All of the artists fucked up on drugs would have produced even more and better music.

tinyfaery's avatar

@marinelife You cannot know that.

In my opinion, many artists and bands sucked after they sobered up: Jane’s Addiction, STP, RHCP. The only artist that I an think of that was able to remain creative after sobering up is Trent Reznor.

Berserker's avatar

Music is just about as old as mankind. There would still be music without drugs, I’m sure.

tinyfaery's avatar

People getting intoxicated might be just as old.

rentluva5256's avatar

Music would be in a better place without drugs.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

No Sabbath…which would suck ass

silverfly's avatar

@rentluva5256 @marinelife I disagree. I think drugs offer creativity, new ideas, new perspectives and the ability to express those thoughts and experiences through an art form such as music. And while drugs may be bad for you, they’re great for music and art as a whole. You can’t let your fear or dislike of drug use interfere with your ability to understand that drugs offer alternative perspectives on life. I think a good artist takes pieces of the their inner world and brings it to the rest of the world so we can experience new and interesting ideas. That’s why art and music is so intriguing. It’s a piece of life that you would have never come up on your own. Many times, this is accomplished through massive amounts of drug use.

GrumpyGram's avatar

I don’t know about all this but very depressed composers wrote wonderful classical pieces.

silverfly's avatar

@GrumpyGram True. But I think many of them were at least alcoholics. Had heroine been around, they may have been addicts to that instead. :)

GrumpyGram's avatar

An alcoholic classical composer. This I’ve not heard of. Possibly.

El_Cadejo's avatar

For everyone in this thread saying music/art would be better off without the influence drugs, im sorry, but you all clearly have a very very poor understanding of said drugs and how they actually effect your mental processes.

When you take hallucinogens for the first time, it permanently opens a door in your brain, its changes the way you look at and see this world. LSD permanently opened my mind. I am far farrrrrr more creative today than I was prior my first LSD experience.

@tinyfaery id say humans desire for intoxication would even predate music

GrumpyGram's avatar

@tinyfaery is right. I’ve read book written by men who have taken LSD and mushrooms in the Amazon and they report that the drugs really gave them a lot of insight into the universe and changed their lives. Sure; the drugs killed some of them but they were glad they did them anyway. Personally? I’m way too chicken to consider such a thing. But I won’t rule out the so-called benefits to the music industry.
Timothy Leary is or was so out of it last I saw him on tv. He looked so brain damaged. Content but brain damaged.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@GrumpyGram and that is why moderation is key :P

XoXoDIExOxO's avatar

@rentluva5256 music would suck…unless they are reeaallly good musicians.Like Julian Casablancas, but even some of HIS greatest songs were written drunk.Adam Green too, he has some amazing songs written when he was high. People who think that its a bad thing dont get it. It just opens a part of your brain that you wont understand, that makes for good music.

So I stand with my answer.Music would mostly be bad without drugs.

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