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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-30-10 03:42 PM
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18. Any mention of yummy, yummy heroin?
Because that was his biggest problem, from what I've read.

Claim: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards beat a heroin addiction by having his blood replaced at a Swiss medical clinic.

Status: False.

http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/richards.asp

Origins: As the clich goes, look up 'debauchery' in the dictionary, and you'll find a picture of Keith Richards. Although many tales about the Keith Richards depravity of the Rolling Stones were deliberately concocted for publicity purposes (especially in the group's early days), the extent of Keith Richards' drug abuse over the last several decades would be hard to exaggerate: long periods of drug use and addiction, punctuated with occasional efforts at beating the drug habit. These efforts ranged from going cold turkey to submitting to conventional medical means of ending addiction to undergoing controversial "experimental" cures. Whatever the method, the results were generally the same: Richards would quit before the end of the program or lapse back into his familiar habits soon afterwards.

Although drugs have long been considered an indispensable part of the "rock 'n' roll lifestyle," too much of a good thing can be detrimental, even to rock musicians. The Rolling Stones have been a top concert draw for thirty-five years and owe much of their popularity (not to mention their income) to their live shows. But the Rolling Stones are not the Rolling Stones without a functioning Keith Richards, and at times his overindulgences have put concert tours in jeopardy due to his inability to weather rigorous and demanding tour schedules. Such was the situation during the Stones' 1973 European tour, when Richards needed to kick a heroin addiction quickly and underwent a treatment in Switzerland that lead to rumors he had undergone the human equivalent of an automotive oil change and beat his drug habit by having all his blood replaced.
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  -Rolling Stone Keith Richards gives up alcohol SOS  Jan-30-10 12:18 PM   #0 
  - Better late than dead  MrScorpio   Jan-30-10 12:19 PM   #1 
  - Why stop now?  rcrush   Jan-30-10 12:20 PM   #2 
  - Probably in solidarity with Ron Wood  SOS   Jan-30-10 12:26 PM   #3 
  - Just when the economy was starting to pick up...  MiddleFingerMom   Jan-30-10 12:31 PM   #4 
  - The gift of desperation can be the greatest motivator  graywarrior   Jan-30-10 12:37 PM   #5 
  - In other news...  Zomby Woof   Jan-30-10 12:38 PM   #6 
  - Alcohol is a great preservative. It's the only reason Keith is still alive.  Midlodemocrat   Jan-30-10 12:39 PM   #7 
  - His liver will be entered into the UK's "Treasures of the National Trust"  Zomby Woof   Jan-30-10 12:47 PM   #9 
  - It's unbelievable that Keith is still alive.  HughBeaumont   Jan-30-10 12:39 PM   #8 
  - I've always theorized it's his attitude  Zomby Woof   Jan-30-10 12:51 PM   #10 
  - According to a bio of the Stones I read years ago...  redwitch   Jan-30-10 03:49 PM   #21 
  - Back to snorting dad?  rurallib   Jan-30-10 01:25 PM   #11 
  - Keith, I started to play better after I stopped.  old mark   Jan-30-10 01:28 PM   #12 
  - In an unrelated story, shares in Jack Daniel's plummeted by 50 percent in overnight trading.  KamaAina   Jan-30-10 01:57 PM   #13 
  - I believe this is sign of the Apocalypse.  kwassa   Jan-30-10 02:09 PM   #14 
  - Another sign of the freeze, the Saints are in the Super Bowl  BOSSHOG   Jan-30-10 03:47 PM   #20 
  - He's got enough left over in his system to see him out. nt  Captain Hilts   Jan-30-10 02:15 PM   #15 
  - My thought exactly!  latebloomer   Jan-30-10 03:34 PM   #17 
  - Keith must be some kind of genetic freak.  Blue-Jay   Jan-30-10 02:20 PM   #16 
  - Any mention of yummy, yummy heroin?  Amerigo Vespucci   Jan-30-10 03:42 PM   #18 
  - How is he still alive?  bigwillq   Jan-30-10 03:44 PM   #19 
  - Why now I mean it may shock his system so much that he dies now.  bamacrat   Jan-30-10 03:51 PM   #22 
  - Ron Wood was drinking two bottles of vodka a day.  Kaleva   Jan-30-10 04:08 PM   #23 
  - Just in the nick of time. n/t  Mojambo   Jan-30-10 04:10 PM   #24 
  - Our heroes always let us down.  MrSlayer   Jan-30-10 04:32 PM   #25 
  - He was warned to stay away from sparks or open flames.  Ikonoklast   Jan-30-10 06:33 PM   #26 
  - I thought this came from the Onion at first  bookworm65t   Jan-30-10 07:52 PM   #27 
  - He played a great father to Johnny Depps character in Pirates of the Caribbean.  applegrove   Jan-30-10 08:05 PM   #28 
  - What happened, did they run out?  bluesbassman   Jan-30-10 10:23 PM   #29 
  - Good on ya, Keith  Tuesday Afternoon   Jan-30-10 10:25 PM   #30 
  - I suspect his recent misadventures falling out of a palm tree might have influenced his decision  Sebastian Doyle   Jan-31-10 02:50 AM   #31 
  - Sick and tired of being sick and tired n/t  Mopar151   Jan-31-10 04:47 AM   #32 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-31-10 09:16 AM   #33 
  - He's still on smack, though, right?  jmowreader   Jan-31-10 09:47 AM   #34 
  - "since I moved into me new manse I can't find the bloody liquor cabinet!"  peekaloo   Jan-31-10 09:51 AM   #35 
  - holy cow, has hell frozen over?  tigereye   Jan-31-10 09:55 AM   #36 
 

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