Monday, June 25, 2007

quota: Joe Cocker on Drinking, Drugs, and Music

Liquid Diet
"I was living on a liquid diet. I would start drinking at 11 in the morning and be pretty wasted by the evening."

Physically Damaged
"People have said that I played some amazing gigs in the Seventies, but in all honesty, I probably played one good show in three. I used to get so carried away while I was on stage that I'd be physically damaged by the end of a concert."

Cocaine and Heroin
"I had a problem with cocaine and then with heroin. I wasn't injecting heroin, I was only sniffing it. But I was still amazed at how quickly you could become addicted. As soon as I realised what was going on, I was able to move on. But it took its toll. I came close to the edge."

- Joe Cocker quotes, 2007

Official Joe Cocker Website

With a Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker at Woodstock
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Music and the 1960s Drug Culture

Music and Drugs in Perspective
"In order to put the drug culture of the 1960s into perspective, it is necessary to remember a number of things. The use and abuse of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other drugs has formed a part of the culture of musicians and their audiences in this country [USA] for a very long time. The pressures and doldrums of a performer's life have led many musicians to use stimulants, depressants, and intoxicants of various kinds, and unhealthy dependencies have naturally resulted all too frequently, prematurely snuffing out some of the brightest fights in America's musical history. (A partial list would include Charlie Parker, Hank Williams Senior, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix, among many others.) Furthermore, the venues in which pop music is heard live are most commonly those in which the legal--and sometimes illegal--consumption of intoxicants forms an essential aspect of the audience's 'good time.' In this connection, it is important to recall that during the era of Prohibition, 1919-33, the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages were illegal in the United States. Thus many adults who were nonplussed by younger people's consumption of illegal marijuana and LSD in the 1960s had doubtless themselves enjoyed the new pop music and jazz of the 1920s and early 1930s to the accompaniment, in speakeasy clubs or at home, of illegal bootleg liquor."

Psychedelics and Spiritual Exploration
"An appropriate perspective on the drug use of the 1960s would also take into account that many participants in the counterculture, including musicians and members of the rock audience, were not involved with drugs. Furthermore, along with the pleasure seekers who sought only to enjoy themselves and follow fashion while repeating the slogans of the time about 'mind expansion' and 'turning on,' there were those who were quite seriously seeking alternatives to the prevailing American bourgeois lifestyle, who may have employed hallucinogens such as peyote, psilocybin mushrooms, and LSD carefully and sparingly as an aspect of spiritual exploration (in a manner akin to that found in certain nonwestern cultures--there was, for example, a good deal of interest in Indian culture among members of the counterculture, some of it superficial and trendy but some of it assuredly serious). In the end, it appears that the value of psychoactive substances depends on the context and manner of their use, and that the drug culture of the 1960s was, at various times, both an enabler and a destroyer of musical creativity. Interviews with rock musicians of the late 1960s--now in their fifties and sixties--are notable for their lack of nostalgia in relation to drug use."

Stereoptypes and Creative Manifestations
"It was, and is, easy to poke fun at stereotypical images of the counterculture. Frank Zappa, assuredly a participant in the counterculture (and reportedly a nondrug user), wrote a savagely satirical song in 1967 called 'Who Needs the Peace Corps?' that targeted 'phony hippies' and their 'psychedelic dungeons.' Yet the greatest virtue of the 1960s counterculture, for all its naiveté and excesses, may be that it gave birth to and encouraged some innovative and remarkable creative manifestations ..."

- Starr and Waterman 'American Popular Music' 2006 pp 297-98

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Annual AA Founders' Day

AA Founded June 10, 1935
Time magazine recognized it as one of the 80 days that changed the world:

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Bill Wilson the Healer
In 1999 Time called Bill W one of the most influential people of the century:

Read the Whole Article Here

Virtual Tours of Dr Bob's and Bill W's Homes

Dr Bob's Home
Take a virtual tour of Dr Bob's home in Akron, Ohio:

Virtual Virtual Tour of Dr Bob's Home

Bill and Lois Wilson's Home
Online tour of the home of Bill and Lois Wilson in Bedford Hills, NY:

Online Tour of Bill and Lois Wilson's Home

Bill Wilson's Birthplace
Slide show of the birthplace of Bill W in East Dorset, Vermont:

Slide Show Tour of Bill W's Birthplace

Read or Listen Online to Dr Bob and Bill W

Bill W Talks
Choose from a good collection of Bill W talks transcribed online:

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Ask Bill W.

Online Audio
Dr Bob & Bill W:

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