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Rolling Stones re-release Some Girls

Drummer Charlie Watts opens up about substance abuse and his battle with cancer

  • 02/12/2011
  • Matt Everitt
Charlie Watts (BBC)

The Rolling Stones' ongoing series of re-releases is continuing apace with their album Some Girls.

The 1978 record is the band's biggest selling album, due in part to the success of their disco crossover hit Miss You.

The newly remastered album also features an extra CD of unreleased songs from the original recording sessions.

"I was lucky that I never got that hooked, but I went through a period of taking heroin."

Charlie Watts

On Christmas Day at midday 6 Music is broadcasting a special edition of The First Time with drummer Charlie Watts, who was battling drug problems during the recording of the album.

Speaking about it he said: "I was lucky that I never got that hooked, but I went through a period of taking heroin."

"I fell asleep on the floor during [the recording of] Some Girls and Keith woke me up and said, 'You should do this when your older'.  Keith telling me this! But it stuck and I just stopped along with everything else."

Listen below to a taster with 6 Music's Matt Everitt and the famously laconic drummer discussing with his addiction, his battle with cancer and just how The Stones have managed to stay together:

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