Thursday, February 09, 2006

Remembering the Beat Generation

The saying "turn on, tune in, and drop out," interpreted as an injunction not to reform but to drop out of society and seek enlightenment via psychedelic drugs, is credited to Timothy Leary.
But in the documentary on the Beat Generation called The Source, a man is shown saying the following: "The ancient goals which we follow can be defined in modern terms in the metaphors of the present as turn on, tune in, and drop out." Drugs necessary?

1 comment:

Mandingo said...

I'm not sure about necessary but from what I know of the Beats (I'm fairly knowledgeable) they definitely weren't foreign to drugs. However, they dabbled in a whole different realm...mostly barbituates, amphetamines, and of course marijuana. Later luminaries like Ginsburg and Burroughs crashed into heroin. The Acid-freakouts inspired by Leary were largely after the high-point of Beat romanticism.