One of the great myths in rock n roll is that the most important / talented / exciting musicians must have taken drugs.
And whilst we are certainly not anti drugs here, we are bored of the cliche that drugs makes you a brilliant musician. For every acid inspired work of genius there’s a thousand fumbling disasters, for every trip into the beyond there’s a million coked up “I’m a genius” moments.
The pro drugs lobby often ask “who ever made great music without drugs” so just to help you along in your pub argument here we offer suggestions and a list of those that probably didn’t take drugs.
Second best selling album of all time and one of the most important band’s ever; AC/DC mainman did it all without chemicals
With music that concise drugs would be a definite hindrance.
One of the best lyric writers of the punk era, her amazing imagination was untouched by drugs. God bless.
Famously invented Straight Edge and also recorded some great psychedelic records with late period Fugazi.
Went really out there musically and a genuine master. No drugs.
First Jethro Tull album is brilliant, like a British Captain Beefheart.
Drug free producer of big anthems.
More like a glammed up supermarket than a band, Kiss didn’t take drugs.
May look like a wizard but was never a drug fiend.
Don’t drink, don’t smoke, what do you do? Well, made arguably the most original album of the punk period that’s as sow word that it should have been done on drugs.
Anti rock n roll Moz didn’t need drugs to open up his amazing imagination.
Famously anti drug and loved by pot smokers world wide
Like Zappa, no drugs but loved by drug heads…
Maybe the true inventor of Straight Edge, unpleasant man who had a brief period of rocking greatness.
No drugs here either and who’s going to argue?
Glam horror punks with total tattoos and top 5 american album also no drugs.
Rage Against The Machine
Concise powerful music needs concise powerful minds.