According to a story in London’s Daily Telegraph, Yevgeny Bryun, the Russian Ministry of Health’s chief alcohol and drug abuse specialist, told a press conference in Moscow that the mind-expanding experimentation undertaken by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr back in the day helped to perpetuate recreational drug use globally.
Taken in that light - and considering their lasting and sweeping influence - he may be right.
“After the Beatles went to expand their consciousness in India ashrams, they introduced that idea – the changing of one’s psychic state of mind using drugs – to the population,” Bryun is quoted by the Telegraph as saying.
“When business understood that you could trade on that – on pleasure and goods associated with pleasure – that’s probably where it all began,” continued Bryun, who went on to discuss the “tough measures” needed to curtail the lingering effects of Beatlemania.
As the Telegraph notes, the Beatles were banned for a period in the U.S.S.R., following a decree by the nation’s state-run record label that “musicians such as these, who have plunged to the depth of musical decline, do not deserve a place on Soviet records.”
But a new ban seems unlikely, given that current Russian president Vladimir Putin is an admittedBeatles fan; after Paul McCartney played Red Square in 2003, Ultimate Classic Rock notes, Putin told him that the band’s music had been “like a gulp of freedom” to Soviet youth in the ‘60s.
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