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Jefferson Airplane The Beatles and LSD Alices Connection to the 1960s The late sixties were a time filled with sex drugs and rock and roll A huge part of American culture at the time was focused around these three things Musicians possessed a tremendous amount of social influence and like wise society put a lot of emphasis on the lives and attitudes of musicians Of the rock groups from this time period the Beatles were by far the most influential The British rock group was probably the most catalytic band in rock and roll history Although they came together in the shadow of the Beatles another influential band of that era was Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane was deemed the first of the San Francisco psychedelic rock groups Jefferson Airplane was always considered to be a psychedelic rock group but it was not until later in their existence that the Beatles fell into this category as well Both groups earned this title for their creative style of rock as well as for their experimentation with drugs Each of these groups wrote songs that alluded to drug use at one time or another Two of the most criticized songs from these bands are Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles and White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane White Rabbit is a song latent with drug references The connection with drugs in Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is not as clear Although John Lennon claims that he had no intention of making references to LSD in his song the abstract lyrics and metaphoric language invite those drug connotations Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and White Rabbit mirror each other in their association with LSD and their allusions to Alice in Wonderland But having looked deeper into these songs it is obvious that both artists were writing about escaping reality just as Alice does in the famous childhood story Lysergic Acid Diethylamide is a
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