Purple Haze

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Over and over I ask the question, “Do you believe in rock n’ roll? Can music save your soul?” (Don McLean “American Pie”) to people I don’t even know; of course they think I’m crazy, but let them, they don’t know me. My life as part of the counterculture, always stoned and always free. Through the sixties, I have lived through it all, the war, the drugs, the peace, the love, and the happiness. Recalling the days has been as interesting as living it, even with the tough times it was all worth it. I took multiple drugs, LSD and marijuana. I also participated at Woodstock, where drugs and sex were plentiful. Acid was a major drug in my time; it inspired many songs and movies, such as “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix, “Purple haze all in my brain, lately things don’t seem the same. Actin’ funny but I don’t know why. ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.” Acid was as strong as you could get in the sixties, without using heroin, and is remembered as “The fuel of the sixties”(source unknown). Marijuana also helped guide the youth of the sixties to revolt and protest. This drug, also known as mary jane, was the base drug of the era; it was known for a “good quick high.” (www.geocities.com/hipste Continue...

With his marches and his Speeches he changed the nation. Our epoch changed the lives of many individuals, even the conservatives, because of the extreme freedom they witnessed within us. " ...And I took the road less traveled and it has made all the difference. This arts and music festival was, "...filled with sex and illicit drugs...!(Encarta Encyclopedia) and although there were three deaths, there were also two births. Civil rights were a very controversial topic in the sixties and Martin Luther King, Jr. Our culture vastly changed the attitude, dress, and life style of many, and is evident in today's styles. In fact, there was even a poisoned acid scare. As soon as it became illegal on August 31, 1965, a date I vividly remember because of all the commotion it caused.