ALCOHOLISM AMONGST MUSICIANS
Most musicians need to go up against the drinking issue at some point in their career. A great deal of alcoholics is still consumed behind closed doors and it’s something people won’t readily talk about. The music industry makes a domain where it not just only glorifies drinking; it gives a structure to it.
Gregg Donovan manager to bands such as Boy & Bear, Airbourne and Grinspoon believes music’s drinking culture has improved since the mid-1990s. “It’s quite a lot more aggressive to make a career. Managers don’t need people who are hard to work with. “Not everyone agrees substance abuse is under control”.
Furious Anderson, the once popular wild lead vocalist of Rose Tattoo and a dad of four at 66, accepts hard drugs and alcohol aren’t an issue any longer. In any case, he says up and coming musicians are forced by a youth culture that has become used to seeing outrageous, excessive behavior. “We have enabled a world to be made that says excess is a success. “There is an unfortunate acknowledgment of non-mindful drinking. I don’t believe it’s any more awful than it was (in the 1970s), however it’s positively no better.” Anderson is a reformed drinker, who made an agreement to control his own wild ways in 1983 when his little girl was conceived.
Cases of youthful bands satisfying the noteworthy excesses of the music industry aren’t elusive. DZ Deathrays is an acclaimed youthful Brisbane-based hard rock duo with an overwhelming drinking image who have officially won an ARIA grant. The three-minute clip for their track The Mess Up comprises the match skolling a jug of Jagermeister, shot for shot until finished. Paddy Cornwall, the bass player with Triple J favorite, Sticky Fingers, says the band cut spirits from its rider after alcohol-fueled “internal and external quarrels”. Last September its vocalist, Dylan Frost, was arrested subsequent to fighting with security on Rottnest Island in the wake of hopping into a festival crowd from a stage roof. “At a certain point we were looking at endeavoring to go without any weaning period on alcohol,” Cornwall says. “But once we hit the road I don’t think we lasted one night sober.”
The conventional wisdom says people use drugs because they are genetically predisposed to use them. After using, they get “hooked,” and their body’s wiring changes, making it impossible to quit. Be that as it may, this clarification doesn’t hold water, since for what reason would so many musicians be “genetically disposed” to sedate addiction than the all-inclusive community?