i was once asked by a good friend,
"if something is created under a chemical influence
(assuming she was referring to either drugs or alcohol)
is it a legitimate piece of art?"
i recently came to the conclusion that it was. legitimate that is.
many people create art after a spiritual encounter, or perhaps an extraordinary dream.
these experiences often have the same effect on a person as substance abuse might.
watching a short documentary on this subject (provided by MuchMoreMusic) reassured me.
drugs are not something that make a person more creative.
//in the sense that they, in themselves, can not find creativity in thin air.//
they simply influence your mind in such a way that you are taken to an elated place where you think of things you might not otherwise think of in a conscious state.
so in this sense, drugs themselves are not creating any kind of thought.
they are simply stirring creativity.
...and you've got to be kidding me if you can't call Radiohead a legitimate band. who else could come up with such haunting and unexplainable images if they were completely drug free?