Drugs and music. Music and drugs. Sometimes, they go together. At least, in the popular imagination. If jazz was haunted by heroin, and rock bloomed on acid, and disco darlings preened on cocaine, and ravers got touchy-feely on ecstasy, Lana Del Rey’s recent single, “Love,” sounds like two milligrams of Xanax crushed into dust and set adrift on the Pacific breeze in your mind.
"Soft, Smooth and Steady: How Xanax Turned American Music Into Pill-Pop" is from the April 20, 2017 Lifestyle section of The Washington Post. It was written by Chris Richards and narrated by Sam Scholl.