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10 Of Music's Biggest Bad Boys

The road to fame and fortune isn’t always paved in gold. Many of music’s most talented and troubled artists have succumbed to the various pitfalls of fame. Some aren’t destined for old age, and fall v

The road to fame and fortune isn’t always paved in gold. Many of music’s most talented and troubled artists have succumbed to the various pitfalls of fame. Some aren’t destined for old age, and fall victim to the decadent sensibilities that make the fast life so appealing and lethal. Wearing the bad boy badge can burn you. Those who get out half alive are lucky, and those rare individuals who retain their fortune are exceptions to the rule. In an effort to give recognition to some of the greats who have graced us with their chaotic ways and ridiculous behaviors, let’s take a look back on some of the rockers that lived hard on stage and off.

10 Pete Doherty

9 Billy Idol

8 Tommy Lee

7 Liam Gallagher

6 Keith Moon

5 Johnny Cash

4 Frank Sinatra

3 Ozzy Osbourne

2 Axl Rose

1 Keith Richards

There are few that would argue Keith Richards' bad boy antics could be topped by any still living music mogul. Richards has come to be one of rock music’s most resilient performers, and many wonder how the Rolling Stone is still alive. While his brushes with the law started with a modest drug possession charge in 1967, the 1970’s saw Richards' drug problem spiral terribly out of control. With 6 drug busts in 10 years, it seemed as though he was destined to fall victim to the drug afflictions of many of his contemporaries. His final  and most famous bust in 1977, found him facing a daunting seven years to life sentence. The Toronto arrest was highly publicized, embarrassing, and took its toll on the guitarist. He was charged with possession of heroin ($4,000 worth of smack,) and alleged intent to traffic the substance. In 2007 the rocker claimed to have snorted his father's own ashes with a side dish of cocaine. Many of Richards' bizarre experiences with drugs, alcohol and women are explained in great detail through his memoir "Life." A very candid recounting of all the legendary and sometimes disturbing times that defined his career with the Stones. One thing is for sure, when it comes to being wild, rich and completely over the top Keith takes the cake.

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