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This tells the story of young boy who grows up to be a Rock Star, but he succumbs to Rock And Roll excess and dies of a drug overdose. According to Bad Company lead singer Paul Rodgers, the song is a warning. He wrote it about the casualties of the music business; people like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin as well as others who didn't make it. (thanks, Mike - Mountlake Terrace, WA)
An eerie parallel to the character in this song is Paul Kossoff, who was Paul Rogers' bandmate in the group Free. Kossoff died of a heroin overdose in 1976, a year after this was released. The guitarist was just 25 years old when he died.
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