Paul McCartney Talks About Past Drug Use 

Paul McCartney Talks About Past Drug Use 
Posted by CN Staff on June 02, 2004 at 09:47:11 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press 
London -- Paul McCartney says he got no thrill from heroin, but found cocaine more to his liking for a time. "I tried heroin just the once," McCartney said in interview published Wednesday in the Daily Mirror newspaper about his drug use in decades past."Even then, I didn't realize I'd taken it. I was just handed something, smoked it, then found out what it was.
"It didn't do anything for me, which was lucky because I wouldn't have fancied heading down that road," the former Beatle was quoted as saying. The full interview is published this week in Uncut magazine.McCartney's drug use has resulted in at least one brush with the law. A planned Japan tour in 1980 was derailed when the singer was arrested at Tokyo's airport for possession of marijuana and later deported.Despite enjoying cocaine for a time, he said he eventually turned against the drug."I did cocaine for about a year around the time of Sgt. Pepper," he said, referring to The Beatles' 1967 album."Coke and maybe some grass to balance it out. I was never completely crazy with cocaine."I'd been introduced to it and at first it seemed OK, like anything that's new and stimulating."When you start working your way through it, you start thinking: 'Mmm, this is not so cool an idea,' especially when you start getting those terrible comedowns," McCartney said. He confirmed that drugs influenced some of the group's songs."A song like 'Got to Get You Into My Life,' that's directly about pot, although everyone missed it at the time," McCartney said."'Day Tripper,' that's one about acid (LSD). 'Lucy in the Sky,' that's pretty obvious. There's others that make subtle hints about drugs, but, you know, it's easy to overestimate the influence of drugs on the Beatles' music.""Just about everyone was doing drugs in one form or another and we were no different, but the writing was too important for us to mess it up by getting off our heads all the time," McCartney added.McCartney also acknowledged that Wings, the band he formed after The Beatles' breakup, was "pretty rough, not terribly good" when it started out."There was a time when The Beatles weren't very good, but we were able to be not very good in private," McCartney said."Wings had to do it in public and there was always the shadow of The Beatles, which didn't help."Source: Associated Press Published: June 02, 2004Copyright: 2004 The Associated Press Related Articles & Web Site:Paul McCartney Beatles To Brixton, a Long, Strange Trip Very, Very Scary in Japanese Jail
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on June 02, 2004 at 12:20:44 PT
Good News: Fahrenheit Finds Distributors
"Fahrenheit" Finds DistributorsBy Josh Grossberg June 2, 2004Michael Moore's ready to launch some serious fireworks just in time for the Fourth of July. The Oscar-winning filmmaker's latest lightning rod of a documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, has finally secured a U.S. release date. A consortium of indie studios will release the flick on June 25. Complete Article:,1,14228,00.html?tnews
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on June 02, 2004 at 10:01:46 PT
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on June 02, 2004 at 09:53:42 PT
News Article from Moscow
Internet Store Fined for Medicinal Marijuana BookJune 02, 2004A Moscow court has fined the Simvol-Plus publishing house, the owner of the Books.Ru online bookstore, 40,000 rubles (approx. $1380) for “drug propaganda” in a suit filed by the Moscow division of the state narcotics police, Lenta.Ru writes. The State Service for Drug Control believes the store violated Russian law on drug propaganda by selling Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine by Lester Grinspoon and James Bakalar.The publishing house plans to appeal the court’s decision, arguing that the distribution of books is not part of the description of drug propaganda in the law on narcotics. “Moreover, we did not have information about the content of the book, including any propaganda on narcotic substances,” the publishing house said in a press release quoted by Lenta.Ru.The publishing house underscores that the book was added to the list of literature sold by the store from the database created by a state organization. The database included no official statements about the book being forbidden for sale.In a search for forbidden propaganda, state narcotics police have been cracking down on book sales and “inappropriate” advertising. This is the third such case brought to court, with three other cases soon to be tried in the city of Samara.
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