sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll

sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll

A phrase used to indicate a wild, hedonistic lifestyle. Being a touring musician is not as exciting as it seems—it's definitely not all sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.
See also: and, rock, roll
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A spokesman said that he'll be revealing never-before-told tales of the culture, sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll that coloured his experience as he vaulted to the top of the rock kingdom.
But when the 1960s called with sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, Rubin was off adventuring and doing her part to claim a place in the sexual revolution.
When Timothy Leary extolled LSD's sex-enhancing qualities in a 1966 interview with Playboy, he fueled the fears of parents who worried that their daughters would be seduced into a decadent world of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. The Charles Manson case added a sinister twist to this scenario, raising the possibility of losing one's daughter to an evil cult leader who uses LSD to brainwash his followers, in much the same way as Chinese men were once imagined to enthrall formerly respectable white girls with opium.
Yet ever since youth began to vibrate on their own making, efforts at social control of the youthful body's attachment to sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll have been relentless.
This counterculture wasn't the one exemplified by those loud, dirty kids from Northern California, who made such a splash with their sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Orange County's was a suburban counterculture of housewives, engineers, dentists, businessmen, and veterans who embraced a hardcore conservatism that combined libertarian disdain for centralized state power with unyielding anti-communism and moral traditionalism.
Ann Marlowe writes about sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll for the LA Weekly and The Village Voice.