Drugs and Their Effect On Music
Society watches drug culture evolve on the pop scene whether it is acceptable in a fiction show or . Today’s acceptance of drugs in pop culture make it seem more glamorous than it is and glosses over the devastating impact it has on families, friends and society.
Genres and Statistics
There is a rich representation of drugs in popular music. Drug representations may seem easy to normalise use for some listeners, but drugs and music are powerful ways of strengthening social bonds. They both provide an identity and a sense of connection between one another. Music and drugs can bring together people in a political way, too, as the response on attempts to close down illegal raves showed.
The history for drugs use started with jazz musicians their use of heroin which led to the counterculture movement and their advocation of psychedelic drugs and weed. In return this brought forward the punk movement, in which they took drugs to an extreme level that wasn’t seen prior. Although these drugs can have positive effects on music, the effect it causes on ones family and society is briefly touched on. Potentially destroying the lives of those who chose to take the risk.
Next came the Hippie movement for the 1960’s. This generation of peace and love highly increased the use of weed, LSD, magic mushrooms and ecstasy. Sinch a lot, yet not all, of the drugs that were used during this time period were not addictive, everyone seemed to enjoy this movement without any interference. Much of the music created then is still extremely popular today and has a large impact on youth.
Rap music is the predominant musical genre of hip hop culture, it has been identified as particularly glorifying and encouraging the use of alcohol, drugs and violence more than other genres of music. Many rappers who grew up around drugs have positively portrayed substance use in their music.
Other drugs and genres have also historically supported each other in very specific ways. From the link between jazz and heroin in the 1960s, mushrooms and psychedelia in the 1970s, disco and meth, reggae and weed and to punk and speed.
Since the 1980s, rappers have referenced substance use in lyrics. Some have paid homage to drug use and its euphoric benefits. Others have expressed concern about drug culture, emphasizing the negative consequences, including addiction. Nineteen percent of songs in the late 1980s that were included in the study made references to substance abuse. By 1993, about 69 percent of lyrics mentioned drug use.
However, in recent years, some young rap artists have detailed the consequences of addiction related mental illness in an effort to spread awareness and eliminate stigma related to
substance use disorders.
Singer-songwriter John Lennon, known as a member of The Beatles, publicly made statements about illegal drug use during his lifetime, occasionally he confessed to using substances even while feeling like he shouldn’t have an urge to. In 1970, Lennon remarked to Rolling Stone, “I’ve always needed a drug to survive, i’ve always been crazier than them’.
Other artist such a macklemore who has publicly shared a song about his addictions, recovery and relapses. Hoping to inspire and show those who are currently being held down by addictions that they can overcome it.
Drugs are not only present in music but also major festivals, where partygoers use hallconative drugs to improve their experience
From the Falls Festivals’ tdown the east coast, to Field Day and Lost Paradise in NSW, Beyond The Valley in Victoria and Southbound in WA, tens of thousands of partygoers will celebrate the new year with friends, music, late nights and alcohol and, for many, party drugs.
Festivals, particularly ones that include EDM, are a sensory experience for attendees, filled with music, dancing, lights, and art. Some people use drugs to intensify the experience, keep partying, or simply experiment. To minimise risk, multiple music festivals has included Pill Testing Tents, Festival attendees can bring their drugs for a no-questions-asked chemical test to make sure that the drugs are pure.
Many musicians have lost their lives due to drugs use, which shows a fine line between having fun and drug abuse. Despite all the negativities, drugs have had positive impacts on the music industry, creating some of the most famous and influential singers we know today.
For centuries, musicians have used drugs to enhance creativity and listeners have used drugs to increase the hype created by music. The relationship between drugs and music is also reflected in lyrics and in the way these lyrics were composed by musicians, some of whom were undoubtedly influenced by the copious amounts of heroin, cocaine and weed they’ve consumed.