If Hank Williams hadn't been a genius would we have thought of him as just another drunk hillbilly? I suppose we probably wouldn't think of him at all. Oh, he had his pains and his demons. Most junkies and drunks do.
Poor old Jack Kerouac was so mean and ornery at the end that nobody even jumps up to defend him. Are we supposed to feel bad that success was hard on him?
When I met Elvis he was probably the sweetest, most polite gentleman that I had ever been around. Listen to some of those pill- induced rants from the end and your blood will run cold.
I hope that I can learn enough so that some day folks will say, "He was a pretty nice guy. Even when he was drunk." I'm working on it.