Duff McKagan Talks Amy Winehouse and Addiction

07/28/2011
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(RockAAA) Amy Winehouse's passing over the weekend has launched an outpouring of thoughts from friends, fans and family, as well as other musicians. The troubled singer's cause of death remains unknown as Monday's initial autopsy proved inconclusive; further toxicology tests are in motion, with results expected in a few weeks.

Fellow musician Duff McKagan has written a stirring piece about Winehouse in his Seattle Weekly column, one he titled "Nobody Chooses Addiction; Not Even Amy Winehouse." McKagan's own experiences with substances, etc. and his turnaround may make him one of the more credible voices in the post-Winehouse world.

Here's an excerpt: "In the late '80s into the '90s, there was a mess of drug-addled youth in their 20s in and around rock and roll music–buying into the "Live Fast, Die Young" mantra and all of that stupid and ignorant rot–that I found myself and my circle of friends a part of. I lost two of my very best friends to overdoses. And for a while it seemed that I'd most certainly go that same route. more on this story

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