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Highway to hell

With Pete Doherty’s new album just out, what better time to consider his place among the musical pantheon of misconduct?


Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond: Appeared in a commercial for … a caffeinated soda!

Miley Cyrus: Posed for suggestive Vanity Fair photos.

Trey Anastasio

Trey Anastasio: Multiple drug charges, avoided jail time; famous for 20-plus-minute jams.

Britney Spears: Shaved head; showed private parts in public; attacked paparazzi with umbrella.

Jim Morrison: Drug and alcohol abuse; public indecency; accused of starting a riot during a concert; died under mysterious circumstances in Paris.

Amy Winehouse: Drug and alcohol abuse; assault charges.

Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown: Alcohol abuse; spousal abuse; has served jail time.

Pete Doherty: Numerous drug-related arrests and stints in rehab; breaking and entering; robbery and blackmail; served prison time.


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Scott Weiland: Chronic drug and alcohol abuse; numerous DUI arrests; served jail time for probation violations stemming from drug arrests.

Ozzy Osbourne: Drug and alcohol abuse; spousal abuse; shot family pets; bit heads off dove, bat.

DMX: Animal cruelty; drug possession; identity falsification; weapons charges; currently serving a prison sentence.

Sid Vicious

Sid Vicious: Long pattern of drug abuse; attacked journalist with rusty bicycle chain; allegedly killed his wife; died of a drug overdose.

Ike Turner: Allegedly battered then-wife Tina Turner throughout much of their 16-year marriage; served time on drug charges; died of cocaine overdose at age 76.


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  • Unabashedly wordy and awkwardly charming, the Australian's debut LP is a candid hit.

  • If he didn’t win you over from behind his turntables, his bear hug and wide smile would close the deal.

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