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The Beatles: The Greatest Trip Of All

Killing Joke bassist Youth on why The Beatles' music would have sounded very different if they hadn't discovered drugs.

The Beatles’ journey of cosmic exploration and psychedelia mirrored the sixties zeitgeist for us all. It is hard to imagine the psychedelic revolution without them, but it’s not hard to imagine how grey all our lives would be today if they had not paved the way for turning music into a kaleidoscope of colour explosions after the bland, sugar-sweet pop of the early sixties. When they started using psychedelics they stopped being entertainers and became pioneering artists whose influence is still massive today. They also became more politically overt and spiritually aware, both individually and as a band.


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