hobo wrote:the psychedelics of today are not the psychedelics of yesteryear, thats for sure, back in the day, the point was to get everyone high, now adays you deal with bunk hits, bad deals, diluted lsd, all of that. People go to shows to make money selling these drugs, while back in the day, the drugs were there to get people high, to have an experience. The problems with the dead though, did come from harder drugs entering the scene, and the lure of making money off of them, and when the scene got too huge to handle itself. It was bound to flame out, and it should have, but Phish ended up perpetuating it for a few years. Also, while I respect Phish for breaking up their band, for obvious reasons, I don't respect for how they handled themselves during their last few years. Instead of actually trying to play good music, they just bought into it all, and played totally uninspired crap. I'll never forget Coventry and the way after they played their last song, they immediatly ran off stage, each jumped into their separate luxury touring buses, and drove off.
Just a couple of thoughts.
There was always bunk cid and bad drugs out there to some extent. Just check out the Woodstock movie and listen to what they say about the brown cid. People have always swung drugs in the lots to make money.Their not doing it for their health. The GD themselves got into "harder drugs" a LONG time before the scene collapsed on itself.
The main problems with the modern day GD scene began in Summer of 88 with the nitrous trucks arriving in Alpine. Many factors played into this, not the least being newfound popularity. Everything changed after In the Dark/Touch was in existence. All of the sudden, there were a lot more people whi wanted to hit the big party that was the lots. Then people decided they wanted to get into the show without tickets or money....Thats's when it became increasingly tough to put on a show and not have some kind of significant problem occur.It seemed to culminate in Summer of 95 on the "death tour".
There's always going to be young people who want to try new things and see what it's all about.... It's a double edge sword in that, the scene needs new people, however, they're often the ones who behave in ways that ultimately harm the scene for others. And, there are plenty of not-so-young people that also contributed to the demise of what was a very special time in history.
let your life proceed by its own design....