Friday, July 18, 2014

RIP Johnny Winter: Sober 'Til the End!


By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

It's always sad to learn about the passing of any human being.  Life is precious and often we take it for granted so easily.  Unfortunately, the world lost another great musician yesterday.  Johnny Winter, the albino blues guitar legend, passed away in Zurich, Switzerland.  Music will never be the same.

Besides his long and distinguished music career which including playing with the likes of Janis Joplin, Muddy Waters, Vince Gill and Eric Clapton, in 1968, Winters received what is believed to have been the biggest music recording contract in history at the time for the sum of $600,000.  He also produced 3 Grammy-winning albums for his hero blues icon Muddy Waters.  

However, in my opinion, his biggest accomplishment was winning his battle against substance abuse.  In fact, in a 2012 article by UltimateClassicRock.com, Winter described his struggles with substance abuse saying, "Heroin was the hardest thing I ever had to go through.  It was worth it to go through it and get clean.  I'm not taking any drugs and I'm not drinking.  I'm not smoking cigarettes anymore and I'm not doing anything bad.  I never thought this would be possible.  I never thought I would see the day when I had no vices at all."

Mr. Winter successfully achieved sobriety and maintained it laying his vices to rest before he finally passed away.  Thankfully, he died sober.  This is the ultimate accomplishment for someone who was hooked to heroin and even lost his brother to alcoholism.  

Rest in peace, Mr. Winters.  You have my utmost respect, not just as a musician and songwriter, but as someone who faced his demons with the needle and the bottle and emerged clean, sober, and happy.  Enjoy your free ride!

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“Heroin was the hardest thing that I ever had to go through,” Winter tells Classic Rock Revisited. “It was worth it to go through it and get clean. I am not taking any drugs and I am not drinking. I am not smoking cigarettes anymore and I am not doing anything bad. I never thought this would be possible. I never thought I would see the day that I didn’t have any vices at all.”

Read More: Johnny Winter Battles Back from Decades of Substance Abuse | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/johnny-winter-battles-back-from-decades-of-substance-abuse/?trackback=tsmclip
“Heroin was the hardest thing that I ever had to go through,” Winter tells Classic Rock Revisited. “It was worth it to go through it and get clean. I am not taking any drugs and I am not drinking. I am not smoking cigarettes anymore and I am not doing anything bad. I never thought this would be possible. I never thought I would see the day that I didn’t have any vices at all.”

Read More: Johnny Winter Battles Back from Decades of Substance Abuse | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/johnny-winter-battles-back-from-decades-of-substance-abuse/?trackback=tsmclip

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