Music and Cannabis Have Roots in the 1930s

Music And Cannabis Have Roots In The 1930s

Aside from a brief mention in a Drake song, youprobably won’t hear any obvious cannabis lyrics performed at mainstream awards ceremonies like the Grammies. Songs likeAfroman’s “Because I Got High” and Willie Nelson’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”are now beloved classics, but they tend not to garner the hardware come awards season.

It’s worth remembering, however, that the relationship between cannabis and popular song goes back–way back. To the 1930s. “It was well-liked because it did something to steady their time feel; it was very useful for playing jazz.”Dan Morgenstern, jazz historian More than 80 years ago, when American music tastes were morphing into what we call the Swing Era, cannabis references began popping up regularly in popular music. Pioneering jazz historian and multiple Grammy Award winner Dan Morgenstern said that as America was coming out of alcohol’s Prohibition, marijuana caught on with many people as an intoxicant. And it wasn’t just in the big U.S....

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