David Crosby Says Drugs Make No One Play Or Write Better
David Crosby wants it to be known -- hard drugs do nothing to make you write, sing, or play music better. Crosby, whose troubles with freebasing cocaine are legendary in both the musical and legal professions, is currently on the road with Crosby, Stills, & Nash. Last month, he underwent a cardiac catheterization and angiogram, based on the results of a routine cardiac stress test. The left anterior coronary artery was found to be 90 percent blocked, and two stents were placed to provide blood flow to his heart muscle. Crosby, who is expected to have a full recovery, was forced to postpone his current tour, with the first solo makeup dates set for later this month.
During an interview to promote his recently released critically acclaimed first new album in over 20 years, called, Croz, the singer-songwriter spoke out about some musicians being afraid to get clean in fear their muse will dry up, telling Uncut, "I think that's absolute nonsense. They come up with that to justify their drug habit. I don't think hard drugs have ever made anyone play or write better, they've always been a destructive force. I know they were with me, and you can chart it: the drug-use curve goes up, and the writing curve goes down, at the exact same rate. They cross at a certain point, until you get down here, and I stopped writing. I was only doing drugs."
He went on to explain, "Drugs have probably been the single most destructive force in music. I think we lost more people that way than any other. I tried writing a list of drug casualties on a legal pad and when I got to the second page, I just stopped. It just became too f***ing grim. How good would Janis (Joplin) be singing right now? How good could Jimi (Hendrix) play right now? How hard could John Belushi make you laugh?"
It's been nearly 28 years since a clean and sober David Crosby was released from a Texas prison after serving an eight-month stint for weapons and drug possession. Crosby told us that any way you cut it, drugs are a dehumanizing losing game: "I love music, man. I kept it real important. But anyone that tells you you can do it and do drugs; send 'em to me. I'll talk to them. It's not true. It's the only terminal illness that tells you you're fine! If you have the guts to kick it, you will get everything you really wish you had."
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