On Minimation, we comb through the archives of legendary New York radio station WNEW-FM and animate interviews with legendary rock artists. In this 1988 interview, Robert Plant talks about kicking drugs and cigarettes. Of course, there were other parts of the “sex, drugs and rock and roll” equation that he didn’t want to quit. 

“I had a big affair with drugs,” says Robert Plant, which probably wasn’t news to anyone vaguely familiar with Led Zeppelin lore.

“I just found that my whole personality had really changed, and I became quite paranoid about things and really possessive,” which probably isn’t news to anyone vaguely familiar with the effects of cocaine.

“I finally just stopped. I said, ‘Stop! Don’t do this! See what you’ve become!’ It’s a psychological addiction, it’s not a physical addiction, I think.” He notes that he had more recently quit cigarettes as well, but “I’m not trying to live a clean, pure life or live to be a hundred. I’ll have a heart attack making love! But that’s a nice way [to go].”


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