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The Beatles Creative Process
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Name Professor Module Date Music - The Beatles Creative Process-MacDonald vs. Hertsgaard The Psychedelic era is descriptive of the era in the Sixties when the musical as well as social scene was greatly affected by the open use of psychedelic drugs.
Contrary to what was stated by Hertsgaard, Lennon’s aim was to experience the visions induced by LSD. Lennon researched on the writings of the American LSD specialists, Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert in order to learn more about the drug. Even though Lennon would make music that described the vividness of his experiences under the influence of LSD, MacDonald stresses that this was not his initial aim when he first experimented with LSD. Timothy Leary, the American LSD user who promoted LSD use often touted it as a producer of supernatural experiences. He spoke of ‘altered consciousnesses’ that were basically spiritual experiences that could be spawned by using LSD. According to Mac Donald, “Lennon first used LSD for the purpose of experiencing spiritual revelation” (MacDonald 166). He even observed the instructions on drug use that were supplied by Leary in the book The Psychedelic Experience. He was so affected by his experiences under the influence of the drug that he recorded a song known as ‘the Void’ (MacDonald 166). According to MacDonald, the abuse of LSD actually influenced John Lennon’s moods as well as song writing skills in that he became mellower and less aggressive. Hertsgaard, in his book, ‘We all want to Change the World; Drugs, Politics, and Spirituality’, insinuates that ‘The Beatles’ were not “necessarily popular because of their musical efforts but because they chose to be a part of the 60s culture which supported more such as drug experimentation” (Hertsgaard, 192). According to Hertsgaard, Georhe Harrison and John Lennon were the first members of the group to experience LSD in 1966 when “their dentist drugged their coffee” (Hertsgaard 194). ...
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