Originally Posted by Bo Eder
Does no one remember during the jazz era when players did heroin all the time? Artists of every genre have strung themselves out, and I don't think it really has anything to do with the music.
Artists by their very nature are un-stable. Look at 'em: they can't hold regular jobs and they're so busy looking inwards, they don't know how to behave. When they do have to do something regular, they're miserable. So in all actuality, you take an artist where everything is based on creativity and the act of always creating something, and then you put them into the business of music, which they have to do these shows which, like a good movie, just keeps playing over and over. It takes a certain person who can balance that. I would imagine being in a rock and roll band or some pop project doesn't leave any room for creativity once it gets rolling, eh?
I don't buy the tortured artist stereotype. There are plenty of incredibly creative, productive artists with stable, mature personalities who provide us with decades of work. You just don't hear about them as much because the screw-ups get all of the attention for their "interesting personalities."
Dying of a drug overdose is a disgrace.