Essay on Drugs In The Music Industry
The Music World-glamorous, fast paced, and a world most of us will never be part of. But if we knew what it entailed, would we still want to be? The whole world seems to be building itself around drugs more and more every day, and music industry isn't immune. In fact, music is one of the most influential art forms of today's society, and drugs, especially to today's youth, just add to the attractiveness of it all.
In the last two or three years, drugs, especially heroin, have risen in use dramatically. Kurt Cobain was the most high-profile drug-related rock star since the 1970's and was still battling heroin addiction when he committed suicide in 1994. Along with him, his wife …show more content…
Seattle are cluttered with young people who have moved there just to do heroin just like Kurt Cobain did-all this at a time when the people in the Seattle music scene claim that drug use among musicians is tapering off (Newsweek p 54).
Smashing Pumpkins fired drummer Jimmy Chamberlin after finding that he was addicted to heroin along with late keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin. This was definitely a step in the right direction, although they may have done it for the public acclaim. But will other bands follow? If they did, there wouldn't be any musicians left. Nonetheless, the Smashing Pumpkins didn't lose their place on the top ten charts. They didn't get pushed into the trash pile, and if they survived, who's to say that no one else will?
People speculate that the pressures of success put a strain on musician's lives and push them to use drugs to feel better about themselves, but they're not really very different from normal people. Musicians are just common people who play music. Drug addicts are all people, and names don't matter.
Contrary to popular belief, musicians aren't royalty to be worshipped and looked up to. They breathe in and out just as normal human beings and have no more reason to give into the temptation of drug use than we do.