According to rock star Gene Simmons, one of the best drugs you can take in this life is accomplishment, followed by a shot of success. In other words, the only way to get high is to get “high on your victories.” In our world, anyone can succeed, but, unfortunately, not everyone is satisfied with getting a buzz off of happiness. More often than not, at the height of victory, people will succumb to the trends of hard-partying and drug-induced inspiration, and one of the best examples of mass drug love took place at the height of the rock and roll era. While musicians like Simmons and his bandmate Paul Stanley managed to abstain, they were rarities during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Likewise, although many famous singers are still adored for their work, we also remember them for having tragically short lives, brought to a quick end by drugs. Let’s take a closer look at two pioneers of modern rock who tragically died from drug overdoses.
Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970)
Sadly, you cannot have a conversation about hard drug use and rock n’ roll without mentioning the master of guitar shredding. Initially a member of the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, Jimi Hendrix was a model citizen and a proud patriot, but, above all else, he adored playing music. Over the course of his career, Hendrix was responsible for paving the way for acid rock, glam metal, and hard rock. Among his plethora of tunes, he created iconic songs like “Purple Haze,” “All along the Watchtower” (written by Bob Dylan), and “Voodoo Chile,” and produced the iconic album Electric Ladyland. Unfortunately, though, Hendrix was into drugs (particularly LSD) and alcohol and even had a run-in with the Canadian police. In end, he suffered a barbiturate overdose, ultimately resulting in asphyxiation, at the age of 27.
Jim Morrison (1943-1971)
Possibly one of the most iconic voices in rock and roll, Jim Morrison painted a wall of poetry a thousand miles line for throngs of people around the world. Best known as the lead singer of The Doors, the iconic artist was a true Renaissance man, being schooled in the fine arts, filmmaking, theater, and cinematography during his college years. During his early years, Morrison was sought out as a male model due to his rugged charm and roguish, handsome face and successfully published books like The Lords and New Creatures. However, despite his success, Morrison (like many young artists at the time) suffered from a particularly nasty case of drug addiction. One of the Doors’ albums was even named after LSD trips (The Doors of Perception). Ultimately, the beautiful rock and roll icon died from a heart attack, nine months after the deaths of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
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