Bob Dylan’s achievement in reaching the age of 70 today seems doubly impressive given the news that he was addicted to heroin in the early ’60s.
According to the BBC, the rock legend talked about his former drug problem to writer Robert Shelton in the course of an interview which took place in March 1966. “I kicked a heroin habit in New York City,” Dylan said. “I got very, very strung out for a while, I mean really, very strung out. And I kicked the habit. I had about a $25-a-day habit and I kicked it.”
Shelton would go on to write the the 1986 Dylan biography No Direction Home. He uncovered the interview tape which featured Dylan’s confession while doing research for an updated version of the book.
Of course, it is worth pointing out that the mercurial Dylan’s utterances have at times been more, well, “truthy” than truthful, particularly when the living legend has been discussing his own history. What do you think about this latest revelation?