Ken Goffman aka R.U. Sirius hat ein Buch über Drogen im Music-Biz geschrieben und dazu ein Interview gegeben und darin erfahren wir, dass die Beatles in Hamburg vornehmlich auf Speed waren, Sid Vicious Urin und Erbrochenes mit Speed vermengte und beim Satz „Jerry Lee Lewis was absolutely the most crazy-ass speed-psychosis driven motherfucker in rock history“ war ich ja schon rettungslos verliebt.
BroBible: We think of "Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'N' Roll" as a line right out of the '60s, but isn't it a sentiment that's been around in some form or other, in most cultures, for a very long time? How and when did drugs become a prominent part of American rock music?
R.U. Sirius: Sure. The obvious one is "wine, women, and song" which has been a hedonistic slogan in many cultures going back many centuries, particularly (but not exclusively) European cultures. The variations on that slogan are sort of fun. The Danes celebrated "beer, cunt, and horn music" and they also got cannabis into the mix at some point. There's also some discussion in the book about the links between music and psychedelic drugs and shamanism in some primitive cultures.
Rock culture really became drug culture during the psychedelic era. I'm sure some musicians used drugs like LSD and mescaline (and, of course, pot) really early (there's a song called "LSD-25" from 1962 that's discussed in the book), but it really went wide in 1966. Of course, during the so-called "summer of love" in 1967, rock was drenched in acid.
Stimulant pills... speed pills like Dexedrine and so forth got around some in the 1950s, particularly for people who had to spend a lot of time on the road touring. Jerry Lee Lewis was absolutely the most crazy-ass speed-psychosis driven motherfucker in rock history. The Jerry Lee stories are some of my favorites.