The next city Elvis takes us on my semi-beaded British bus is Nashville, Tennessee. This is where Bob Dylan recorded his 7th album, Blonde on Blonde. This recording may have been the first double album in rock-n-roll, and it was released in 1966. The above track, Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, is was the first song on the album. I’m sure you’re familiar with the lyric, ‘everybody must get stoned’… Apparently, at that time, this song was banned by American radio stations. My guess is, the land of free speech feared rock songs with lyrics that might refer to drugs…:0
Which reminds me, yesterday, I had a conversation with a friend about smoking pot. I’ll admit that I have tried marijuana in the past, but it is not something that I particularly enjoy… However, I will say that it is the one drug that I will tolerate amongst friends. After all, God created it:) But, why is smoking pot so wrong, and why must possession of it be illegal?
If it weren’t for drugs, much of the art, music, and movies that we know today might never have existed. And, that includes the music of The Doors. Jim Morrison was heavily into drugs, and they were probably what killed him. But, without them, Jim’s artistic nature may have never grown to the state that it had become. In fact, he very possibly could have ended up to be a completely different person…