Narcotics and the Jazz Musicians Part Two

  • KENTON: It’s hard for the average person who isn’t in creative work to know what a terrible insecurity exists within some one who has dared to be different, and you have to dare to be different if you’re going to create anything fresh To just conform and belong to a group in a pattern of living is not creativity. And believe me, when you deviate and move away Read More

Narcotics and the Jazz Musicians

The PLAYBOY PANEL – narcotics and the jazz musicians THE PANEL LIST : JULIAN “CANNONBALL” ADDERLEY and his Brother NAT JOHN “DIZZY” GILLESPIE STAN KENTON DUKE ELLINGTON BILLY TAYLOR SHELLY MANNE JIMMY GUIFFRE NAT HENTOFF MAX COHEN (attorney and legal expert on narcotics addiction) DR WINICK (Director of Research of the Narcotics Addiction Research Project) source                                                Go to part One

Narcotics and the Jazz Musicians Part One

PLAYBOY: Our purpose, gentlemen, in this first PLAYBOY Panel, is to discuss narcotics addiction and the jazz musician. We might put it another way: to what extent is addiction a special problem of the jazzman? How common is the use of narcotics among musicians, and to what degree is the public attitude a reflection of the facts? We aren’t in search of dogmatic conclusions: rather, we’d like to stimulate thought, Read More

The Abyss – Music and Amnesia by Oliver Sacks

In March 1985 Clive Wearing, an eminent English musician and musicologist in his mid-forties, was struck by a brain infection—a herpes encephalitis—affecting especially the parts of his brain concerned with memory. He was left with a memory span of only seconds—the most devastating case of amnesia ever recorded. New events and experiences were effaced almost instantly. As his wife, Deborah, wrote in her 2005 memoir, “Forever Today”: His ability to Read More