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Perhaps the first reference, however, was in She's A Woman, which featured the line "Turns me on when I get lonely".


The Beatles increasingly tapped into the burgeoning counterculture of 1966, and the first song recorded for Revolver was the psychedelic Tomorrow Never Knows, featured lyrics adapted from Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert's 1964 book The Psychedelic Experience, itself a modern reworking of the ancient Tibetan Book of the Dead.


Paul LSD interview vid:


From around the middle of 1968 through to the latter months of 1969, John Lennon was addicted to heroin. While never made as explicitly public as The Beatles' use of LSD, it found its way into his songs, chiefly Happiness Is A Warm Gun ("I need a fix 'cause I'm going down") and Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey ("The deeper you go the higher you fly"), both on The Beatles (White Album).


And don't forget:

Wings - Band on the Run

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The one year anniversary of the current Canadian Prime Minister's Black Face (Green Face) is coming up on October 3rd.

I hope everyone will take a few minutes that day and watch the prime minister sing one of the most celebrated songs of a culture whose members he's personally trying to eradicate.

Remember, remember, the 3rd of October, Cultural Pilage and Genocide.

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(1966) The Beatles - Doctor Robert

"This song is said to reference a certain Dr. Robert, a member of the 1960s London jet set and a dentist with whom Lennon, Harrison, and thier wives allegedly had dinner one night. As the story goes, their coffee was spiked with LSD and the mysterious Dr. Robert came to life in the form of a song, which was subsequently included on Revolver (1966)" - Pot Culture, The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life by Shirley Halperin and Steve Bloom

"Inspired by an acid trip taken by Lennon in Los Angeles while the Beatles were on tour, as legend has it, Peter Fonda (relatively unknown at the time, certainly to Lennon) was at this particular party and kept whispering into Lennon's ear, "I know what it's like to be dead," over and over again. The line apparently referred to one of Fonda's own trips and was later immortalized on Revolver" - Pot Culture, The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life by Shirley Halperin and Steve Bloom

(1965) The Beatles - Girl

"This song appeared on Rubber Soul (1965), the first album the Beatles recorded after they started smoking pot. It contains the peculiar sound of what may or may not be a breathy, deep hit from a joint before each chorus. It is also debated whether or not Lennon is mumbling in the background, "Smoke it or sniff it, don't shoot up," and whether the word "tit" is disguised in the background vocals." - Pot Culture, The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life by Shirley Halperin and Steve Bloom

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Indian Rope Man is a 1969 song by Richie Havens (a Woodstock Performer). The song has often been covered including most notably by Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1973 as African Herbsman (an altered version).

(1972) McPhee - Indian Rope Man

(1973)Tomorrow's Gift - Indian Rope Man Part 1

(1973)Tomorrow's Gift - Indian Rope Man Part 2

I've posted about this song early in this thread, I just found some more covers I wanted to share

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(1966) The Poppy is also a Flower

The Poppy Is Also a Flower is a 1966 ABC made-for-television spy and anti-drug film. The film was directed by Terence Young and starred Senta Berger, Stephen Boyd, Trevor Howard, Rita Hayworth, Angie Dickinson, Yul Brynner, and Marcello Mastroianni. Grace Kelly (as Princess Grace of Monaco) narrates.[1]

The film was also known by alternate titles Poppies Are Also Flowers, The Opium Connection and Danger Grows Wild (in the UK).

Plot summary

In an attempt to stem the heroin trade at the Afghanistan-Iran border, a group of narcotics agents working for the United Nations inject a radioactive compound into a seized shipment of opium, in the hopes that it will lead them to the main heroin distributor in Europe.Source

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(1969) Bug Jack Barron

Bug Jack Barron is a 1969 science fiction novel written by Norman Spinrad, and was nominated for the 1970 Hugo awards.[1]

The book was serialised in the British New Wave science fiction magazine New Worlds during Michael Moorcock's editorship. Its explicit language and cynical attitude toward politicians, as well as the fact that the magazine was partially funded by the British Arts Council, angered British Members of Parliament.[2] Jennie Lee, Baroness Lee of Asheridge, then head of the Arts Council, successfully defended the book. Later, it was banned by W. H. Smith, a major British chain of bookstores.[3] Feminist typesetters at New Worlds rejected the story as sexist.[4]

One of the Concepts from the book

Acapulco Golds - Legal form of marijuana commercially sold in the United States.Source

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(2008) The Trips Festival 1966 a Documentary

The Acid Tests were a series of parties held by Ken Kesey in the San Francisco Bay Area during the mid 1960s, centered entirely around the use, experimentation, and advocacy of the psychedelic drug LSD, also known as "acid."

The name "Acid Test" was coined by Kesey, after the term "acid test" used by gold miners in the 1850s. He advertised the parties with posters that read, "Can YOU Pass The Acid Test?", and the name was later popularized in Tom Wolfe's 1968 book, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Musical performances by the Grateful Dead were commonplace, along with black lights, strobe lights, and fluorescent paint. The Acid Tests are notable for their influence on the LSD-based counterculture of the San Francisco area and subsequent transition from the beat generation to the hippie movement.


o 11/27 Santa Cruz, CA

o 12/4 San Jose, CA (first performance by The Grateful Dead, previously known as The Warlocks)

o 12/11 Muir Beach, CA

o 12/24 Portland, OR


o 1/1 San Francisco, CA (Sound City)

o 1/8 San Francisco, CA (Fillmore)

o 1/23-24 San Francisco (Trips Festival at Longshoreman's Hall)

o 2/5 Los Angeles, CA (Northridge)

o 2/6 Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Strip)

o 2/12 Los Angeles, CA (Watts)

o 3/19 Los Angeles, CA (Pico)

o 10/1 San Francisco, CA (San Francisco State)

o 10/31 San Francisco, CA (Acid Test Graduation)

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Harper Holding a Beatles cup in an attack ad.

Conservative attack ads fill screens despite CBC complaints over footage

By Marc Weisblott | Daily Brew – Wed, 19 Jan 1:30 PM EST

When a political party launches its entire suite of attack ads via YouTube, who needs to wait around to catch them on television?

Of course, the Conservative Party of Canada is hoping to get their message across to couch potatoes - but if you're an online news junkies you may have already seen the 10 campaign-style commercials shortly after they were uploaded on Sunday.

Twitter users have been encouraged by Maclean's senior columnist Paul Wells to use the #sawanad hashtag to report sightings.

"CPC ad buy is national, heavy, on local stations & cable networks aimed at homemakers and Bay St.," concluded Wells, after tweeters tattled that spots were spotted on channels like HGTV and the Food Network, along with BNN and TSN.

CBC Television raised opposition to use of their file footage of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, who is excoriated for moving back to Canada for his own self-interest, claiming that it compromises the public broadcaster's journalistic integrity.

"We have received the CBC's request and disagree with their interpretation," read a memo from Conservative strategists, issued on Wednesday.

"The American public affairs channel C-SPAN allowed fair use of a similar clip of Michael Ignatieff in a 2009 Conservative Party campaign. It determine that the clip at issue was freely available and in use, as is the CBC's material."

Ignatieff is the main target of the commercials, although NDP leader Jack Layton and Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe are also included in the attacks. Even MP Justin Trudeau makes a cameo in a French spot that digs out a 2006 interview where he said Ignatieff lacked the "political wisdom" to become the Liberal leader.

Online observers have noted a few of the strategic production elements in the commercials, like their insistence on rendering recent television footage of Conservative opponents in black and white, lest they be seen as too colourful.

Also seen as questionable are images of civil unrest: "Troubles far away can still reach us at home," reads the narrator. "Our economic recovery is still fragile. That's why we can't stop working."

By contrast, there appears to be no shortage of documents for Harper to sign in solitude.

"Harper ad message is clear," tweeted Maclean's national editor Andrew Coyne. "If not for the PM shuffling papers at his desk late into the night, we'd have street riots."

And the prime minister's classic rock fanaticism makes a cameo, too, when he rejuvenates with a slurp from a mug decorated with the cover of the 1963 album "With the Beatles".

The same Beatles cup was spotted a year ago in footage from an apparently staged security meeting.

This is horrible... He's glorifying the icons of the culture he's trying to eradicate.

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Harper's latest attack ads on TV have one that isn't an attack, but a promotion of Harper, seen working alone, late at night in a tower in the dark on Parliament Hill, sipping from a Beatles mug - but the truth is, he uses a US Government mug, as proven by a visit to his Calgary constituency office. Where does Harper's allegiance lay? Not Canada...

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(2011, Feb. 1st) Conservatives pull another political ad



Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis said he had approached the ethics commissioner and then the House of Commons board of internal economy to complain about the prime minister's use of his office for the political advertisement.

"For whatever reason, I'm happy to see that the ethical thing has been done," Karygiannis said on hearing the ad was gone.

The removal of the ad from the party's arsenal comes after two other spots, featuring Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and his now-infamous "yes, yes, yes" chant, were also taken off the site. The Liberals had complained they quoted Ignatieff out of context.


Basically, the Beatles mug ad was unethical because Harper used the perks of the office he holds to benefit his political party.

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