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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Music & Drugs

Posted by on September 14 at 12:25 PM

Two great tastes that go great together, right? Thanks to a study released today by the University of Leicester, we now have specifics about how certain types of music are more regularly linked to certain types of drugs and other behaviors.

Among the revelations of the study, which “surveyed 2,500 Britons to find out how their musical tastes related to their lifestyles and interests”:

*38 percent of hiphop fans were more likely to have had more than one sexual partner in the last five years (compared to just 1.5 percent of country music fans).

*25 percent of the survey’s classical music fans have tried cannabis, while 12 percent of those who cotton to opera have experimented with psychedelic mushrooms.

Full Reuters report here.

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As I am widely known to be The Stranger's most opera-obsessed staffer and someonone who, in his private life, is a vocal advocate for the engagement in myco-mysto psychedelic cult activty, I have to confirm my own very immediate relationship with opera and mushrooms and their relationship to each other.

What would be more fascinating to me than just the statistic would be to find out what correlation there is between the shrooms and the way the shroomer listens to and experiences opera and what specific styles of opera the shroomer is drawn to, as opposed to the opera fan who has no experience with psychedelics. I feel like it's worlds (fuck, universes) apart.

Did you notice that at the bottom of the article, there's a link where you can take part of the University of Leicester's next study on musical tastes?

I was hoping this would lure you onto the Slog, Nick!

Only 1.5% of country music fans have had more than one sexual partner in the last five years? OK, so the survey was of Britons, but I'm not under the impression the Brits are a less promiscuous lot than are the Yanks. And while I could be convinced that country fans are a little more likely to be hypocritical in the their professions of personal morality, the
stat still doesn't ring true. I'm guessing it's a
misprint -- probably was supposed to be 15%.

Relatives don't count Eric

"*25 percent of the survey’s classical music fans have tried cannabis"

Little known facts:
Schubert was definitely into THC. Mozart was more into amphetamines; Berlioz was into nose candy.

Wagner was into bondage, if that's a drug.

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