Think of the rock n roll world as Disney Land for adults musicians. It's a world where you can have anything you want, anytime you want it, and people are lined up to give it to you. All of the sex, drugs, and fame you could ever imagine are just an arm's reach away. The self destruction that attracts artists to this lifestyle is often what kills them. Here are four artists who transformed the music scene at the cost of transforming themselves.
Scott Weiland 1967-2015
Weiland was the front man for Stone Temple Pilots, The Wildabouts, and Velvet Revolver. His evolving persona was as dynamic as his stage presence. Weiland's signature stage style - leather pants, no shirt, crazy hair, and a megaphone - earned him the honor of being one of the greatest front men of all time. For decades, he publicly battled addiction and self destruction. Weiland was found dead on his tour bus on December 3, 2015, just hours before he was set to go on stage in Minnesota.
"Never say never when it comes to rock n roll" - Scott Weiland
Amy Winehouse 1983-2011
Winehouse's appreciation for classic music and retro style brought jazz to the pop music scene when nobody else thought there was room for it. In a time when female vocalists were given pre-written songs to sing and an image to adopt, Winehouse stayed true to herself. She loved the party scene as much as she loved writing music. Unfortunately, this unhealthy lifestyle paired with a lifelong eating disorder quickly spiraled out of control. The world lost Amy Winehouse on July 3, 2011 while she was working on her third album.
"There's no point in saying anything but the truth" - Amy Winehouse
Jim Morrison 1943-1971
Jim Morrison, the lead singer for The Doors, was arguably the greatest front man of all time. His unpredictable on-stage antics set the bar for what a rock singer should be. Whether he was smoking a joint that an audience member threw to him, gyrating on the floor during a political protest, or reading impromptu poetry, he managed to engage every single person in the audience, even with crowds up to tens of thousands. Morrison never wanted fame, he just wanted to be a poet. His love of excess paired with seemingly overnight stardom served as the catalyst needed to break on through to the other side. He attempted to refocus on his love of poetry by moving to Paris, but died shortly after. Morrison was found dead in a bathtub on July 3, 1971.
"Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free." - Jim Morrison
Kurt Cobain 1967-1994
Nirvana brought grunge to the music in the late 80's/early 90's. In a time when the rock n roll charts were dominated by arena rock artists like U2, Journey, and Foreigner....Nirvana came through with a whirlwind of angst and the thrashing guitar and vocals of Kurt Cobain. In their short time on the music scene, they marked their territory, inspiring bands like Green Day, Blink 182, and Weezer. In a time that Cobain was becoming the ideal image of grunge, he struggled with his own self-image. This struggle lead to years of drug abuse and dangerous behavior. Kurt Cobain lost the battle against himself on April 5, 1994.
"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are." - Kurt Cobain