eric clapton: always worth revisiting

This excellent 1999 interview with Ed Bradley from 60 minutes has held up through the years. In the interview, an unabashedly candid Clapton — clean and sober 12 years by then — pointed his finger at a surprising culprit that paved the way for his brutal addictions: “When I was five, six years old, I was cramming sugar down my throat as fast as I could get it down,” he said. “I became addicted to sugar because it changed the way I felt.”

Watch the whole thing.

steven tyler speaks out on addictions

“I’m nervous here because I’m telling you all my truth,” the Aerosmith founding member and lead singer said. “I am also a drug addict and alcoholic and fighting it every day.”

“I had it all. I didn’t care,” he said. “And I hurt my family and my children and my friends. If it wasn’t for the program of AA, I would have nothing. I’m a better drug addict and alcoholic than I am a musician. I got to keep it in check.”

Read the whole thing here.

repost: this commercial break brought to you by budweiser

soberlearning swings for the fences, gets through the marketing crap, and gets straight to the point on this Bud commercial that aired during the first World Series game last night. Going to quote at length in case any of you aren’t inclined to connect the dots to this amazing blog:

For a recovering alcoholic, I find the commercial disturbing. The way I interpret it is thus; go out, drink as much as you want, get drunk, and pass out at a friends because you are far to inebriated to drive home.

License to drink irresponsibly, woot!

Upon returning home in the morning, your trusty companion will be waiting at the door.

He will not have gone through the garbage, chewed on the furniture, or crapped on the rug while you were out . He will be concerned and awaiting patiently on your beautiful leather sofa, like a concerned human, just happy you made it home, finally, safely.

Now go read the whole thing and watch the commercial. Isn’t it amazing what you don’t see when you’re watching television?