Counterculture or Normality
Sex, Drugs and Rock N’ Roll…a cliché, yes; however, fitting nonetheless. These three things are more compatible than babies and breast milk. Since before the time of Elvis, musicians have been frolicking in the sounds of music, the escape of drugs and the pants of women. It has been the overwhelmingly accepted ideology of mainstream America for decades. What is it about music that attracts hoards of swooning women and the lust of the underworld? Is it the rebellious behavior and the fast cars?
‘The Sixties‘ ushered in a revolution of illicit drug experimentation, sexual freedom and exploration, and the iconic sounds of bands like The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and many more. It was during this historic period that most believe the phrase, ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock N’ Roll’, was coined. Whenever the conception, this phrase has been a staple in entertainment for years.
There is something so seductive and sexy about this phrase. It represents a counterculture lifestyle that most of humanity has never, and will never, experience; it’s like the forbidden fruit of Biblical times. For obvious reasons, mainstream American has become increasingly fascinated with the phrase. It has become a branding of sorts for anyone living a life of debauchery, entertainment, art and music. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t exactly sound like a bad life.
Though Sex, Drugs and Rock N’ Roll began as three separate entities occasionally representing misled youth and rebellion, it is now a widely used phrase seen on t-shirts, posters and coffee cups in ivy league dorm rooms across America.
‘Sex, Drugs and Rock N’ Roll’, has become a trendy party phrase used by both Main Street and Wall Street America. Luckily, I became a music photographer…
Sex, Drugs and Rock N’ Roll