What I kept wondering last night was...why? why did those music heros involved in such powerful and needed social changes of the '60's. [After all,...they were very effective and powerful].... need ANY drugs, pot or marijuana anyway? And, I came up with my answer below.
Well guys, this is only my opinion, but...Just look at my truth, for a moment, it makes sense...we hippies were...well, I'll just come out and say it...O.K? We were,...O.K., I was,.... and assume everyone was just like me, but I was a 'starry'-eyed', idealistic, goodie-two shoes, that just trusted EVERYONE without question, and never EVER even thought to look to see if others could have any other reason to be involved in social change, than MY reason...it was the right thing to do.
Those trusting troubodores were easily 'victimized' by those clever Music Record Companies, and/or Music Production Companies that saw 'Social Change' as a money-making product to be sold. They were out only for the buck and their own profits. Those over trusting hippie musicians signed contracts that gave away all control over the music and much their lives. Also, the contracts that were signed were stacked in favor of the Record Companies, those trusting troubadores didn't spent enough time 'reading the fine print'...Rights were given to the Music Production's Business men that weren't given to the musician including how many songs were required by the musician each year, when, where they'd perform etc., the tricky Music Production Companies could get rid of a musical artist at a drop of a hat, or whenever they wanted for whatever reason. But,The musician could NOT quit the Record Company at ALL or have any rights or say about their own music...only if the business men wanted it. Musicians were 'owned'. For example: musicians had NO freedom or choises like what, where, when they could sing, what they could say, and to who..... At least two different musicians of those times.... that we know today...have said that was their own experience back then. They were 'conned' or vicimized outta their music and rights with lotsa sweet talk about wealth and fame, and they trusted and bought it ALL hook,line and sinker.
I think that drugs and lotsa alcohol were first used to 'self-medicate', when the realization of what had happened hit home. Then, we followed our music heros without looking or questioning a thing either, like a bunch of sheep... Some say, that drugs were even encouraged and also seened as a Money-Making Product.
I remember that song from UNDISPUTED TRUTH [could not find any more links for this group], called 'Smiling Faces, Sometimes' '69 [thanks mosogotam] Video page says: " Uploaded on Nov 29, 2011No copyright infringement intended. If felt, comment below and I will remove this video.
The late great Norman Whitfield had an amazing knack for political and social comment. The Undisputed Truth was one of his favorite vehicles to express his opinions. Joe Harris served as main lead singer, with Billie Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce. My extended version of this great hit".
1969...That's maybe when those 'hippies musicians' started waking up, and using music to effect social change like before were trying to warn us all with their music...but, it was too late. There were NO more social changes in the works by then, music contracts were already signed and being enforced. AND, We were ALL on drugs and stoned and just couldn't hear them,.. too much fun on pot and it too difficult to care anymore. Yep... 'Can you dig it? Everything was just GROOVY'. End of story. Jan
Oh..and now, in 2014...music, having a good time, drinking and drugs ARE almost always thought of all together. It's really 'old fashion' to like music for it's own sake. But, it wasn't always that way. Jan
Oh yea,...Steve says there maybe a better version of this song...I'll change it if I find a better one. Jan Link to 'Smiling Faces, Sometimes' by THE
TEMPTATIONS or HERE, from DiscoNights1987, thanks. Jan
1.] SMILING FACES, SOMETIMES, by The Temptations, from DiscoNights1987...I like the above video version best. you? Jan