Drugs: Insights and Illusions
Original release: Scholastic Records FS 12010 / Contact, 1971
Produced by: Sheila Turner and Robert Mack
Interviews by Sheila Turner
Comments: Entertaining odyssey through a drug-ridden America in 1971, put together by a Sheila Turner who interviews addicts, doctors, therapists and more, mostly from Illinois and New York. Highpoints include a weed-smoker being verbally abused by a bitchy classmate, a 14-year old Puerto Rican laying out the harsh facts of NYC ghetto life in a cool Hispanic accent, and a braindead-sounding LSD casualty mumbling about her lost dreams. Best of all is the unforgettably titled "Reaching out to a glue sniffer", which opens with maniac therapy ravings upon which Ms Turner explains that this is "Stuart", a glue sniffer whose problem is that he can get high on almost anything. Stuart then speaks in a calmer manner, confesses to "feelings of stupidity", and hopes that he may one day be able to clean up his act.
Among the adults interviewed a Louie Armstrong-soundalike judge speaks of his experiences of misguided legislation and suggests that "my wife may be an addict", while a doctor talks of the shocking drug scenes he encountered at a rock festival. Lotta fun.
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