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Sgt. Pepper helped give Carlos Santana’s life purpose after bad LSD trip

The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album will always be very special for guitar great Carlos Santana as it gave him a sense of purpose after a scary LSD trip.
As fans around the world celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release, Santana admits the classic album and in particular George Harrison’s song Within You Without You set him on a path to become a rocking humanitarian.
“It was the only time I took an LSD trip that was getting a little scary,” Santana tells Billboard, “and that song brought me back to a place where I knew at that particular moment what my place on this planet was and is.
“That song brought me from being scattered and into a fear ocean into a place where I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I could be a healer on this planet. I just knew after I heard that song I would land from this LSD trip into a place where I would have clarity the rest of my life.
“So I thank the Beatles, especially George Harrison, for Sgt. Pepper ’cause that song gave me a clarity, a sense of purpose and intentionality for the rest of my life.”
Santana never told his friend Harrison about the importance of his song, adding, “We would just be drunk and singing all the time. We never talked about stuff like that.”
Folk icon Joan Baez, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year (17), was not a fan of the album – because she didn’t take drugs.
“I was already well into the Beatles, but I never took drugs so there’s a distance between a lot of what people wrote and did in those years and my pristine little self,” she tells the publication. “My little self missed out on a lot of stuff, but I certainly knew the Beatles and I knew about their transition from being Liverpool kids to being fairly sophisticated in the, shall we say, Western ways of the culture we were then… I guess I wasn’t on quite the same trip.”

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