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Johnny Depp Used Music To Escape Abusive Upbringing

12/05/2016
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Hollywood Vampires

(Classic Rock) Johnny Depp has revealed how learning to play the guitar offered an escape from the "nightmare" of his abusive upbringing. The guitarist and Hollywood star was a special guest at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in Tokyo and he gave a frank, in-depth interview to Classic Rock about his career in the movies, his role as a guitarist in rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires and his traumatic childhood.

After convincing his mother to buy him "a sh*tty little Decca guitar for 25 bucks, and some little blue Plush amp that sounded like... it was just trash," the young Depp began a lifelong love affair with music.

He adds: "I found a way to escape all the, sort of, nightmare home stuff, you know? It was a pretty radical - a pretty unpredictable - household that I lived in. You never knew what was going to be coming next. It might be an ashtray thrown at your head. Or a shoe."

Depp says the violence came mostly from his mother, but adds: "My dad was good with the belt. But those were different days. They did what they knew best.

"But when I found guitar, from that moment on, like, I don't have any memory whatsoever of puberty. None. Because I just literally locked myself in my bedroom and paid attention to the records, and I learned stuff." Read more here.

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Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission.

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