Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception is a recollection of his ingesting of mescalin for the first time. The drug has been used for centuries by the native peoples of southwest America and Mexico, and is thought to be a catalyst for communion with deities. Instead of being another treatise on the positive aspects of drug consumption, this writing suggests that we can take a look at our daily rituals and ask ourselves ‘What am I doing?’ Most people are so preoccupied that they miss the wondrous beauty of life itself; the amazing depths of color, the richness of sounds, and the endless delights of touch and taste.
77 Boadrum was an event held in New York, and organized by the Boredoms, on the seventh of July, 2007. The idea was to set up 77 drum sets, spiraling out from the four Boredoms in the center. They would begin a rhythm and pass it along to the next drummer on the right until it reached drummer number 77. I wasn’t able to observe this epic event in total, as nearly 5,000 others were able, so perhaps I’m not the best authority on the subject. However, I was in the thick of it; lucky enough to participate as drummer number 75. I felt it. I played it. It changed me and the people who watched and absorbed it.