Talking Smack

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Of all the creative industries, the most distinct link between drug use and creativity lies within music. The two elements seem to be intertwined, inseparable; that mythical phrase “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” has been bandied about with a wink and a grin for decades. In this fascinating book, journalist Andrew McMillen talks with Australian musicians about their thoughts on—and experiences with—illicit, prescription, and legal drugs. Through a series of in-depth and intimate interviews, he tells the stories of those who have bitten into the forbidden fruit and avoided choking. By having conversations about something that’s rarely discussed in public, and much less often dealt with honestly, McMillen explores the truths and realities of a contentious topic that isn’t going away. Talking Smack is a timely, thought-provoking must-read that takes readers inside the highs and lows of some of our most successful and creative musicians.


Andrew McMillen is a freelance journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. His work has been published in numerous places, including the Australian, BuzzFeed, and Rolling Stone.