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Music is a very prominent social voice in contemporary times Many Americans obtain a great deal on many current social and political views through music itself or music bands radio stations television stations and organizations The use of drugs as a recreational pastime is one of these issues Throughout the history of modern music many bands have spoken out on the legalization of drugs as well as the justification of the recreational use of drugs Although there are many warnings and censors placed on this type of music some of the music may pass along its message in a less obvious way No matter how the message is conveyed the message in readily absorbed by those listeners that want to be influenced and moved by music Some of these bands include Pink Floyd Cypress Hill The Doors The Grateful Dead and even Eric Clapton Pink Floyd was probably the most influential band throughout the 1970s Pink Floyd combined the sound of classic rock with developing technology in music distortion to give a new sound that had never been heard before This particular group was comprised of four men form England that were a late generation of the Beatles who were know for rebelling against the monarchy and traditional lifestyles of England One of these traditional lifestyles that they rebelled against was that of a drug free society and a drug free lifestyle Pink Floyd can be seen as quite the opposite While touring for their album The Wall lead singer Roger Walters had a near death experience with an overdose of heroin Other members of the band had also had encounters with the law from use of drugs One of Roger Walters songs Comfortably Numb gives the audience his interpretation of his life while he was on heroin There is no pain you are receding A distant ship smoke on the horizon You are only coming through in waves Your lips move
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