I’ve never been the biggest Beatles fan in the universe (not that I don’t dig them), but I’ve always found the band incredibly fascinating as a case study in how psychedelics can almost immediately alter behavior. At this point in time, most musicians have played around with things like LSD, weed, and mushrooms well before they’ve even recorded their first demo (lord knows I had). But with the Beatles we have what was then the biggest band in the universe, and all of a sudden their music goes from standard unit shifting pop rock to, well, unit shifting pop rock that was quite a bit more surreal and bizarre. Truth is, I don’t think I even own any of the Beatles pre “acid experience” records anymore.
We’re supposed to believe that invisible internal escapades aren’t significant or “real” and yet here was a band’s music going from one thing to another entirely, almost overnight. So an invisible event caused something quite tangible and “real” to occur in the objective reality we all share. Anywho, some fine soul took John Lennon talking about his first LSD experience in an interview and animated it. Highly amusing and for someone like me, I find it interesting how subjective these experiences can be. He feels like a friend’s house is a yellow submarine. I see transdimensional daemon lords who teach me about the illusion of death. There is so much mystery involved in these sort of inquiries. So much magical mystery. Somebody should start a tour.
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