Heroin Played Major Role In Alterna-Rock

Matt Ashare of the Boston Phoenix weighed in on the role that heroin has had on alternative rock and how it will play a major role in how the genre will be remembered in the future. “Unfortunately, it’s becoming clear that when people look back on the alterna-rock years two or three decades from now, heroin is going to play a big role in the story,” Ashare said. “It had a hand in robbing grunge/alterna-rock of its most promising artist, Kurt Cobain. But it’s also ravaged and torn apart dozens of other ’90s bands, from Stone Temple Pilots to to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who lost not one but two guitarists to heroin addiction, and whose singer, Anthony Kiedis, has acknowledged both in interviews and in his song lyrics that he too had a major problem with the drug.” The full story at BostonPhoenix.com has since been removed.

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