Ongoing History Daily: Playing music and getting hammered

Music and the intake of alcohol is something that we take for granted—and it’s a relationship that goes back much, much further than you may realize. When humans began to settle down to raise crops and animals, one of the first things they did was make booze.

Archeologists working in Turkey uncovered vats that were used to make beer and wine. The evidence strongly suggests that tribes got together to drink, tell stories, and play music even before they figured out the finer points of agriculture.

In other words, people were listening to music and getting hammered starting at least 12,000 years ago. Humanity is hardly going to change now.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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