Research has indicated that an estimated 30% to 44% of songs, celebrities, and videos showcased by the music industry can directly impact the teenage mindset, particularly where drug addiction and abuse are involved. In truth, we are very quick to blame a majority of external factors for teenage addiction, from video games to simple advertisements, but you cannot deny that certain types of music (country, rap) do exclusively focus on drinking or getting high. However, would you ever believe that one type of music could actually educate juveniles or young adults? On that note, would you ever think it may have been the music you (or your parents) like to rock out to? Let’s take a closer look at why heavy metal and hard rock could actually educate rather than trigger teens.
A Scientific Study
Since its inception in the 60s and 70s, rock and roll garnered a nasty reputation for glorifying sex, drugs, and destruction. The most intense form of rock, heavy metal, received an especially large wave of backlash, and one group that met the wave head-on was Black Sabbath. You would automatically think this group was the worst influence on teens and young adults.
Scientists actually disagree.
Recent studies from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reveal that Black Sabbat’s music does not promote drugs but actually warns people about addiction. In an ironic twist, the band’s hardcore lyrics paint a grisly picture of deteriorating abusers and addicts and showcase how dangerous these substances can be.
Black Sabbath’s Warning
As part of the study, researchers listened to the entire lineup of Black Sabbath’s songs (from 1970 to 2013) and read the lyrics. Ultimately, the analysis revealed that the band’s music was powered by four themes: doom and gloom, lost love, hints at addiction/abuse, and direct reference to addiction. However, only 13% of the songs focused on drugs, while a staggering 60% shed a negative light on addiction.
Even more interesting, NIDA researchers identified a pattern in the track development. On the first four albums released by the band, Black Sabbath wrote ten songs that did glorify drugs. However, the next ten songs warned people about addiction. Scientists relate this ascent and descent to the high-and-low experienced by a drug addict.
For example, the song “Killing Yourself to Live” paints a grisly picture of a person who suffers from social isolation and mental breakdown due to extensive drug use. This theme is especially relevant, given that the songs were written by bassist Geezer Butler and lead singer Ozzy Osbourne (who have both suffered from addiction).
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