The Needle And The Damage Done: A Comprehensive History Of Rock ODs

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  • Amy Winehouse

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  • Paul Gray

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  • Michael Jackson

  • Jay Bennett

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  • Gidget Gein

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  • Ike Turner

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  • Robert Quine

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  • Jeremy Michael Ward

  • Howie Epstein

  • John Entwistle

  • Ratt

  • Dee Dee Ramone

  • Carl Crack

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  • Bobby Sheeman

  • David McComb

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  • Billy Mac

  • Townes Van Zandt

  • Styx

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  • John Kahn

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  • Shannon Hoon

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  • Rory Gallagher

  • Replacements

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  • Kristen Pfaff

  • Michael Clarke

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  • GG Allin

  • Helno

  • David Ruffin

  • Johnny Thunder

  • Steve Clark

  • Brent Mydland

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  • Rick Grech

  • Keith Whitley

  • RHCP

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  • Paul Butterfield

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  • Gary Holton

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  • Mike Bloonfield

  • Tim Hardin

  • Darby

  • John Bonham

  • Ruts

  • Bon Scott

  • Judee Sill

  • Jimmy McCulloch

  • Sid Vicious

  • Keith Moon

  • Elvis Presley

  • Tommy Bolin

  • Thain

  • Tim Buckley

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  • Robbie McIntosh

  • Vinnie Taylor

  • Gram Parsons

  • Danny Whitten

  • Dolls

  • GTOs

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  • Rory Storm

  • Clyde McPhatter

  • Jim Morrison

  • Janis Joplin

  • Jimi Hendrix

  • Alan Wilson

  • Brian Jones

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  • Dinah Washington

  • Billie Holiday

  • Hank Williams

They say that only the good die young, and that definitely holds true for rock ’n’ roll. Too many talented musicians were taken from us far too soon after falling victim to the ravages of deadly drugs.

Although being a rock star might seem like a dream, the seedy underbelly of the music scene can quickly turn life into a nightmare. In a environment full of temptations, addictions soon rear their ugly heads, crippling some of our beloved heroes and cutting them down in their prime. From legends like to Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, to modern classics like Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, we mourn their losses every day.

It’s a depressingly long role call of folks who’ve fallen, but we’re determined to never let them (or their art) be forgotten. Head up to the gallery above for a comprehensive list of the musicians who were overtaken by drugs and alcohol. Thankfully, their music continues to live on.

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