Eddie Money on drug addiction and show business

Pop icon, Eddie Money, joins us to share his personal experience and the history of drugs and addiction in the music industry.

Tonight, CBS is airing a tribute to singer Whitney Houston. The late pop legend died back in February. Doctors say chronic cocaine use contributed to her death. When it comes to show business, such stories seem all too familiar.

"You think you are invulnerable...you chase that euphoric feeling," says Eddie Money, who battled his own drug addiction in the 1970's and 80s. With fame comes access to drugs and money, he says, and "before you know it, you wind up doing it all."

Unlike Houston and others, Money was able to turn his life around, "What saved me was that I had a major overdose, I was using a walker to get from my bedroom to my music room," he says, "you just have to say to yourself, enough is enough."

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Jeremy Hobson is host of Marketplace Morning Report, where he looks at business news from a global perspective to prepare listeners for the day ahead.
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Worst Marketplace story I have ever heard. I kept listening hoping it would end and we could hear some real busness stories (I know his name is Money, but that doesn't make it a business story). I hope that this is not a drift to become VH1 "Behind the Music". I want to hear stories about business and markets not about aging former celebrities. Our media is saturated with celebrity obsession, please keep Marketplace a refuge from celebrity navel gazing. This was so bad that I remembered to look it up and comment 5 days after the story aired. BTW I like Eddie Money's early music, so this has nothing to do with Eddie Money as an artist.

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