However, attitudes regarding drug abuse and music took an abrupt turn in the 1930s, when American jazz musicians became some of the first truly international recording artists. The art changed forever when listeners suddenly had the option to take the songs they loved home with them, and enjoy them at any time.
Today, music is more accessible than ever before. Coincidentally, so are illicit drugs. U.S. President Richard Nixon even launched his controversial “war on drugs” at the height of the dissident-fueled golden age of rock n’ roll in 1971. Parents of confused teens were shocked when it appeared musicians were no longer simply referencing intoxication, but actually encouraging it.