Ah, music and drug use…the two seem forever intertwined with one another when it comes to cultural references. It’s become a mainstay of pop culture to associate famous music stars with drug use.
For example, it’s quite common for people to associate Snoop Dogg and weed, Sid Vicious and heroin, Ozzy Osbourne and cocaine, or the Grateful Dead with everything. Many famous musicians have been caught in drug use scandals, were sent to rehab for excessive drug use, or even died due to drug overdoses. Did you ever wonder why so many musicians use drugs?
A very large part of it is because drugs are very, very prevalent in the music industry – that includes booze. Every major concert that is thrown has people who smoke pot or even use harder drugs. The music industry is a “party industry,” in the sense that people somewhat expect entertainment and upbeat emotions when they attend a performance. Drugs, in many cases, are used to enhance entertainment, or to enhance emotions in general.
Of course, there is also a link between many drugs and creativity. Marijuana has been medically proven to improve a person’s creativity when used regularly. There is also a very obvious link between hallucinogenics and other psychedelic drugs with a person’s ability to create unusual lyrics. Some of the most popular songs have been linked with drug use, such as “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse, “Black Balloon” by the Goo Goo Dolls or “Reefer Man” by Cab Calloway.
Will the world of music ever let go of its drug influences? Most likely, drugs and music will always be interconnected with one another in some respect, even if our culture will change in the future. It’s just the way things always were, and always will continue to be.