Straight Edge | Alan Cross

Field Tripping

Dec 2020

42 min 24 sec

Alan Cross is a radio broadcaster and music historian. He joins Ronan to make keen observations on the genre of psychedelic music – and its role as an undercurrent in counterculture. Then, they discuss how new technology produced unique studio sounds – which formed new attitudes and captured an entire generation. Plus, Alan defines ‘straight-edge’ and reveals that he’s never used psychedelics – though his views are shifting. Finally, we ponder medically regulated psilocybin access for end-of-life treatment – and give thanks for progress. For more Alan Cross, check out ‘The Ongoing History of New Music’ anywhere you listen to podcasts.Show notes:Alan has not used psychedelics before, but seems open to them, particularly as the regulatory system advances towards access and legalization ()Alan talks about the origins of psychedelic’s influence on music and how psychedelic music began as a genre in 1956 ()The impact of technology on music: studios, outboards, amps, keyboards, etc. and how this altered the status quo ()How LSD impacted a few major mainstream bands, but also lead to a group of ‘psychedelic pretenders’ ()Alan provides a few examples of music shaped by psychedelics, including The Beatles, who inspired people to ‘immerse themselves in music’ with headphones ()The impact of distortion on psychedelic music – and how it became a foundation of psychedelic rock ()How the idea of ‘the bad trip’ permeated and coloured people’s perspective on psychedelics use ()Alan reveals a close friend of his tried psychedelic therapy – and it did not go well. And also shares how his sister participated in an ayahuasca ceremony and came out with mixed feelings ()Alan has never used psychedelics, though recently started using legal cannabis edibles for anxiety and sleep issues ()How the Regan-era war on drugs and anti-drug messaging has suddenly changed, and could impact musicians ()Straight edge’ music was an internal rebellion within the scene against psychedelic music. ()Alan provides some examples of modern bands making new music inspired by psychedelics. Plus, what constitutes ‘neo-psychedelic sounds’ ()Alan reveals for the past three years he has been going to Thailand for week-long vegan, meditation, and deep breathing retreats as an overall detox treatment ()Ronan and Alan ponder why doctors are able to provide palliative care medications, but not medications that could help people be more open and comfortable – in life, and for end-of-life ()

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