How Psychedelic Drugs Shaped The Music Of The 1960s

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Register to read the introduction… Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that causes positive emotions and heightened sensory input; it makes people feel happiness, excitement, good will, and intimacy with others. At extremely high levels, this heightened sensory input confuses the brain and causes users to experience visual and tactile hallucinations. These high serotonin levels generally make MDMA users crave raves and electric dance music because of their high-energy environments, large densities of people, loud fast paced music, and euphoric dancing.

* Cocaine is another powerful stimulant similar to MDMA that causes a large release of dopamine; another chemical found in the brain that causes adrenaline rushes. When a large amount of dopamine is released in the brain, an equally powerful adrenaline
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In her article titled “How Psychedelic Drugs Shaped the Music of the 1960’s” published February 2010, Rebecca Wolfe examines several different aspects of drug and music trends, analyzing four things: how preceding cultural circumstances have lead to eras dominated by a specific drug and music genre, the correlation between drug and music trends, the specific impact of that relation on the 1960’s era of Psychedelia, and the influence that Psychedelia had on subsequent drug and music trends. The next piece of our picture is Forrest Hylton’s “The Culture of Cocaine” also published February 2010. Hylton transitions perfectly into the segway Wolfe left to him by analyzing the cultural circumstances that percolated into drug and music’s next trend and how this trend emerged to take Psychedelia’s

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