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Sheryl Crow opens up about drinking, love, and her hair?

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Sheryl Crow opened up to the Daily Mail about her drinking on stage, being single at 46, and how her record sales dropped when she cut her hair. Oh yeah, she talks about Britney Spears, Bob Dylan, Chrissie Hynde, Gweneth Paltrow, and Michael Jackson, too.

My favorite quotes?

People think I’m a loser in love because I’ve been engaged three times and never married
I don’t agree. I’ve loved and learned from each relationship and I see that as a success, not as a failure. It’s very difficult for a strong, successful woman to find a partner. My mother always told me that being assertive isn’t attractive in a woman, and I’ve always been very assertive. I’m 46 and I’m still optimistic about love. I haven’t given up. I love guys far too much for that.

And the best…

On my gravestone I want the words: ‘Under this rock is someone who rocks’
That just about says it all, doesn’t it?

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How Sheryl Crow took on the Klan, White House, depression and cancer

By Louise Gannon

Sheryl Crow lives by her favourite credo, Have No Fear. She has locked horns with presidents, beaten cancer and somewhere along the way earned £6 million from global record sales…

Born in a small town in Missouri, Crow left home with a guitar and $20 in her pocket to try to make it as a musician in Los Angeles.

It took a tour with Michael Jackson and “more than 100 rejections” before she hit the music-industry jackpot in 1993 with the Tuesday Night Music Club album, winning her three Grammys and spawning the worldwide hit single All I Wanna Do.

“I wasn’t young when I got famous. I was 30,” she says. “It took a long time to get there, but when it hit, it hit fast and hard.”

Stars including Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Guns N’ Roses invited her to collaborate with them, and she dated Eric Clapton and movie star Owen Wilson.

Two years ago, her engagement to Tour De France cycling hero Lance Armstrong ended and Crow, then 44, was suddenly diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I guess things went from bad to worse but the only option is to get through it,” she says.

“When I was lying on a radiation table after I found out that I had cancer, my only thought was, ‘I am the only person who can take care of myself.’ So that’s what I did.”

Her latest album, Detours, was written during her recovery. She lives on a farm in Nashville, Tennessee, and is dating Steve Bing, the millionaire Hollywood film producer who has a son with Liz Hurley.

President Bush has ruined America

The country is in tatters politically and economically. We have been lied to on a daily basis for seven years. We have paid our taxes to White House liars and cheats. So many citizens have sleepwalked their way to destruction thinking more about reality TV than the political agenda. We fought a war that should never have been fought and now we are in a crisis that gets deeper and darker by the day. Bush is a puppet who surrounded himself with innately bad and ambitious people. I really think – whether he knows it or not – that he himself has been used by them. It’s just a mess.

Having cancer has made me a better person

It forced me to completely reassess my life. I changed a lot of things, from how I ate to how I dealt with my emotions. I was always taught to put on a brave face and get on with life. This time I didn’t. If I was angry or sad, I would let myself cry. I spent days crying. I allowed myself to open up. I used to think people only loved me when I was achieving, and I began to understand that the real people – my close friends and family – loved me whatever. It was during this period I decided to adopt my son, Wyatt. I began adoption proceedings right after I finished radiation treatment.

I first became famous as Michael Jackson’s girlfriend

I was his backing dancer on the 1987 Bad tour. I wore a blonde wig and a lot of strange tiny clothes and the National Inquirer printed a story about me being his girlfriend and him paying me $2 million to have his baby. None of it was true. I toured with him for a year, and every night he stroked the inside of my thigh, but we barely even spoke. I don’t know if he ever knew my name. I started out as a backing singer – I worked with Rod Stewart, George Harrison and Sting. You put up with a lot on the road. I didn’t even own a passport before the Bad tour – but it’s a baptism of rock ‘n’ roll. Nothing beats standing front of stage after that.

I thought about suicide a lot in my twenties

I suffer from depression, and at its worst there was a six-month period in my twenties when I couldn’t dress, days when I couldn’t leave the house. Antidepressants helped and so did therapy, but depression is a chemical thing that some people go through. It’s always been part of my life.

Chrissie Hynde saved me from going insane

After Tuesday Night Music Club my life went mental. I had to work all the time just to keep up with myself, and I got completely stressed and started to lose it. Chrissie dropped by my studio when I was having a hard time. She must have recognised it, because she could see the signs I was trying so hard to hide. She just told me, ‘Music is not your life. It’s just something you do.’ I’d spent two decades trying to make a career, terrified that if I took any time out everything would fall apart. The very next day I did nothing. I didn’t even listen to music. I allowed myself to have a break, and it changed everything. When you get successful you are suddenly required to work 24/7 flat out. I did that for almost three years. You start hitting walls and all of a sudden you flip out. It happened to Mariah Carey, and it happened to Britney Spears. If it’s not the drink or the drugs, the exhaustion will get you every time.

The Ku Klux Klan targeted my dad when I was a kid

I come from a very small town in Missouri. My dad, Wendell, was a civil-rights lawyer and a bit of an Atticus Finch (the lawyer in To Kill A Mockingbird). He had one case where he represented some black guys. It was a political issue about illegally stuffing ballot boxes. My dad stood his ground and he got threats from the Klan. It was pretty scary. For a few nights, he had to sleep in the sitting room with a gun under his pillow. My dad believed in standing up for what is right and I guess I’m a chip off the old block.
I never used to be able to perform sober

Partying is part of rock ‘n’ roll. Think about it – it just makes sense. Going out on stage can be a totally terrifying experience. I felt that I couldn’t perform without Jack Daniel’s, and then afterwards I felt I couldn’t go home without him. I did a lot of drinking early on because it helped me cope with what was happening. But I couldn’t deal with it. I’m small and skinny and just a couple of shots would get me drunk; a couple more and I’d be all over the place. I had to knock it on the head. Now the greatest buzz is performing sober. You have so much adrenaline, you don’t need booze.
I thought you couldn’t be sexy if you wanted to be taken seriously until I posed in a bikini and Wellington boots

Suddenly being sexy was liberating. I appeared on a magazine cover with barely any clothes and I loved it. I was the girl who refused to wear make-up and would put on jeans every day so I was accepted as a real artist. I’d never want to look like a porn star, which is how some girls in this business are forced to dress, but I think looking cute is cool.

Barack Obama is our only hope

I think he has integrity and people need to wake up, seize their power and give this man a chance. I support him wholeheartedly and I like to believe he can start a new phase in the life of America. I am a political person, and as an artist I feel it is important to voice my opinions. My new album, Detours, is an old-fashioned political protest album. It’s more important to me that it’s heard than that it has massive sales.

I went on TV in a T-shirt that said, ‘I don’t believe in your war Mr Bush’

It was the week America invaded Iraq and I wore it on Good Morning America. A few months later, I performed at the Grammys with ‘No War’ on my guitar strap. A lot of people didn’t like it, but I have to stand up for my beliefs. There was never any justification for the invasion of Iraq.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s boyfriend paid for her to be my backing singer

When she was going out with (music executive) Guy Oseary he couldn’t think of what to give her, because it was the same year she’d won the Oscar, and how does someone top that? He called me and said she’d once told him the thing she’d most love to do was sing with me. I thought it would be cute. Guy gave her a voucher on the day with my number on it. She called me, we went to the studio and we recorded It’s Only Love with her on backing vocals. Gwyneth has a great voice, and since that moment she’s been a great friend of mine.

I can sleep standing up

It’s a skill I’ve honed over the years from hanging around at too many airports, too many gigs and standing in too many lines. I’m the world’s best sleeper. I can sleep anywhere, any time. If there’s a jumbo jet flying through my living room, I can sleep through it.

When I cut off my hair, people stopped buying my records

I cut my hair in 1999 because I felt like a change. I released a live album and sales just nosedived. The only feedback was that people hated me with short hair. I grew my hair back and my next album skyrocketed. People have more loyalty to my hair than my music. Life is weird.

Bob Dylan talked me through writer’s block

Even as I’m saying it I still can’t believe it’s a sentence that applies to my life. But it does. Growing up, Bob Dylan was a mythical hero to me. I had pictures of him on my wall. Just after I released my first album I was invited to open for him in New York, and soon after he invited me to work with him. Meeting heroes can be terrifying, but Bob was just so cool. We drank coffee, hung out and became friends. When I was working on my album C’mon, C’mon I got writer’s block. I knew he’d suffered from it and I rang him. He asked me questions, talked me through it and I worked it out. There are times like that when you can’t believe your own reality. Not even my nine Grammys mean as much to me as having the friendship of a man like him.

People think I’m a loser in love because I’ve been engaged three times and never married

I don’t agree. I’ve loved and learned from each relationship and I see that as a success, not as a failure. It’s very difficult for a strong, successful woman to find a partner. My mother always told me that being assertive isn’t attractive in a woman, and I’ve always been very assertive. I’m 46 and I’m still optimistic about love. I haven’t given up. I love guys far too much for that.

I have chosen to be a single mother and I’m proud of that

There’s supposed to be this traditional route for women where you have a husband, you have a house, you have a baby. It’s the preconceived idea of family. But that isn’t a reality for women today. We have to accept a different reality. If you are a woman with a big career but no husband, you don’t have to go without a family. You just have to do it differently. I am proud to be an adoptive mother. My son has so much love. I have definitely not ruled out future adoptions.

There’s a girl in Kennett, Missouri, walking around in the red jacket I wore to my first Grammys – and I want it back

I sent all my old clothes to a shop called Sheryl The Peril, which is run by a friend of my mum. It sells second-hand clothes and all the money raised goes to the homeless. I keep a few clothes, but most things end up there. You can buy my $5,000 Versace dresses for $70 – what goes around, comes around. The one thing I regret giving away is the red embroidered jacket – I was an idiot and I want it back… please!

On my next tour you’ll see me climbing on top of buses trying to put up solar panels

I hate what is happening to the environment and I feel a lot of aeroplane guilt. To offset that I want to use solar panels on tour to save energy. I have rung hundreds of companies, but no one makes them for this purpose. I am willing to climb on buses to try to fix them and make it work.

I want to kidnap Britney Spears and take her to Nashville

There have been so many times where I’ve thought about calling her so I can step in and actually try to help her. Someone needs to let her step back. I want to take her to Nashville, away from the madness of LA, hang out with the people and the horses and just start trying to fix her. That girl needs a friend. Someone needs to save her life.

On my gravestone I want the words: ‘Under this rock is someone who rocks’

That just about says it all, doesn’t it?

Sheryl Crow plays at ‘Hard Rock Calling’ in Hyde Park, London, on June 28. Her new album ‘Detours’ is out now.

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