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Sex, drugs, rock and roll - an honest portrayal or false narrative?

Exploring the true headspace of a working musician and the potential dangers caused by consistent misrepresentation of the lives they lead…

We’ve all heard stories of legendary rockstars and their ridiculously wild antics. From Led Zeppelin throwing TVs out of hotel windows to Ozzie Osbourne biting off the head of a bat live onstage — when it comes to the music industry, there are no shortage of unforgettably extraordinary tales...

The lifestyle of a rockstar has become glamorised over the past 70 years, largely revolving around the idea of a flamboyantly stylish and eccentric existence featuring hordes of adoring fans, destructive shenanigans and drug fuelled parties.

Oh and not forgetting, of course, lots and lots of sex!

Rock and roll is about the thrill of it, chasing that adrenaline rush! To be a rockstar is to have unapologetic, carefree fun and to not give a damn about the consequences!

This perception, of course, stems from a very real place — with countless accounts of crazy rockstar moments from ‘back in the day’ just a mere Google/YouTube search away.

But is it actually reflective of musicians today? Has it ever been truly, 100% reflective of the human beings it represents?

I didn’t know how to deal with success. If there was a Rock Star 101, I would have liked to take it. It might have helped me. — Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)