- 29 Apr 14
A veteran of several stints in rehab for heroin and crack addiction, New York-based author and musician Tony O'Neill tells Olaf Tyaransen that he's now clean and sober...ish
Growing up in Blackburn, Lancashire, but having little or no interest in football or fighting, Tony O’Neill was always considered something of an oddball outsider by his school contemporaries.
“I was a strange kid,” the 36-year-old poet, author and musician admits. “I was always more into music and literature. As a young teen I worshipped the auteurs like Shane MacGowan and Lou Reed and then guys like William Burroughs and Charles Bukowski. Literature and a certain kind of rock ‘n’ roll crossover for me. I never saw them as completely separate.”
Although O’Neill penned his first novel at the age of 15, it was never published. Worse again, nor did it succeed in getting him laid.