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In the fifties sixties and seventies there was a lot of musicians that were under the influence of drugs They used drugs as their inspiration Many songs had themes related to being high or stoned A drug that was frequently found in songs of the sixties was marijuana The culture of most rock and roll bands was to drink a lot of alcohol and smoke a lot of marijuana Many bands got their start because of the use of drugs and drugs became more popular because the musicians used them This all lead to a generation of pot heads and hippies The lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead was Jerry Garcia Jerry grew up listening to music his dad played the guitar and his mom listened to classical music He took piano lessons when he was young but he did not advance far because he would not learn how to read music He would learn music by ear not by reading the music Jerry lost his middle finger when he was four years old while camping with his family His brother and him were chopping wood and his brother chopped his finger off When Jerry got older his family moved to Menlo Park California While living there Jerry attended Denman Junior High He became a hoodlum and was part of a gang He was in the hospital at least once a week because he got into so many fights When he graduated from Denman he went to Balboa High where he started to drink and smoke marijuana at the young age of fifteen When Jerry was fifteen he got his first electric guitar which he taught himself to play In high school I fell in with some other musicians-Beatnik types the pot-smokers My only other option was to join the beer drinkers but they got into fightssource one Pg 15 Jerrys mom moved them to Russia River California to get Jerry out of trouble
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