During a recent appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, the 69-year-old artist, Iggy Pop, encouraged persons to “drop that s***”, referring to hard core drug use.
Iggy was at the festival to promote a documentary entitled “Gimme Danger” (2016) which is a portrait of the band the Stooges and the punk music scene of the 1970’s.
The New York Daily news reported that Iggy admitted to being high “on acid in more than several of the clips in the movie when I was young. I would go from feeling very aggressive for five seconds and then break out laughing.”
In November, 2014, Iggy told NME that he achieved his drug-free status using “craft and willpower”. He also noted that he did not often attend rehab because he was idolized as a hero in treatment facilities.
“I was pretty alky for a couple of years. I went from grass to hashish to LSD to heroin. Then coke and heroin. Then down the steps from there to meth and Quaaludes. Then, finally, all the way down to outside the liquor store at 6 a.m., waiting for them to open. Finally, little by little, I was able to wean myself off that with a combination of craft and willpower.”
He’s also come out in support of artists who are looking to recover from alcohol or drug use. For example, Deryck Whibley of the rock group Sum 41 was hospitalized in 2014 after nearly dying from kidney and liver damage due of years of heavy drinking. He said that that Iggy “had a lot of great advice. He’s been through it all. We’ve been friends for years.”