Famous Users – Brilliant People who used Drugs
BP wants to compile a list of some of the amazing people to walk through history, those who were able, either with help from or despite the use of, use drugs and create memorable art; be that writing, music, ideas and innovation, or were a serious mover and shaker, a man/woman of the times who changed things for the future. If you would like to submit a piece on the person you really rate from the past, or present, please send it in to us, we’d love to publish it. BP gets around 8000 unique hits a month as of April 2012 and it is growing all the time since it started in Dec 2010. So what you write will definitely get seen! Happy to link back to your site/blog as well.
Some of the individuals mentioned here are compiled from information gathered from the internet, biographies, reference books etc (links will be provided and credits etc) but others will be directly from Black Poppy’s hardcopy magazine, from our Famous User section each issue.
This is not about ‘glorifying’ drug use. This is about recognising our peer group -other drug dependent people (or heavy recreational users) -who were drug enthusiasts, like many of us, and their drug use managed to inspire their art. Or they succeeded despite the difficulties their drug use caused. Whatever the case, we think its interesting to read about the drug using habits of brilliant people from history, and its inspiring as well to keep us focused on aiming for the stars, drug user or not.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning enjoyed great popularity during her lifetime. 1806 – 1861 A powerful yet often underestimated influence and part on the Romantic period, Elizabeth was opiate dependent for most of her life, it said she began by using it for pain relief from a childhood accident and continued to use it heavily til her death many years later. She wrote beautiful poetry, was extremely popular in her day, and was said to be incredibly gifted. She wrote about the power and relief morphine would provide her, and said it also helped her write, a fact others hastily tried to erase from the history books….