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Bands And Banned Substances: A Bad Thing?

Just imagine if rock and rap were bound by the same rules as other spectator sports, and subjected to random drug tests. All those empty stages.

Music’s long-term relationship with narcotics remains a double-edged spoon, sometimes positive, often problematic. Take The Beatles: their use of mind-altering subtances helped create some of the world’s finest music, but, bizarrely, is now being blamed for Russia’s current drug problems.

“They introduced that idea, the changing of one’s psychic state of mind using drugs, to the population,” announced addiction tsar Yevgeny Bryun, slightly spuriously, given that the Eastern Bloc repressed Beatles records while also doping their own sportsmen. Still, bygones.

Pete Doherty continues to illustrate the negative effects of illegal medicines, meanwhile. He blew out T In The Park to attend rehab in, er, Thailand, then was thrown out halfway through for disrupting the other patients. John Lydon caused palpitations on BBC’s Question Time by calling for all drugs to be legalised, while there was some flexible thinking from Snoop Dogg. Fined for bringing marijuana into Norway, he was then praised by Foster The People’s Mark Foster for warning him to stay off weed and “focus on your shit.”

Snoop for drug tsar? Hey, Nixon did it with Elvis.

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