Dallas Taylor: An Artist Who Saved Many Lives



“I understand what it is like to be an angry, depressed addict who needs so badly to be liked that he gets on stage and sweats and bleeds and hopes that people will somehow connect.”   Dallas Taylor


Saying good-bye to Dallas Taylor

We would be remiss if we didn’t dedicate today’s blog post to Dallas Taylor. While many of you may remember him as an accomplished drummer, there are hundreds perhaps 1000s who will be forever grateful to Dallas for his dedicated work as a drug counselor, interventionist, family program treatment counselor, drug court advocate and speaker, and MusiCares supporter. Dallas passed away on January 18, 2015, at the age of 66.

Dallas before recovery…and more

As the related articles below will report Dallas Taylor is that drummer who performed at Woodstock with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. He went on to play with Steven Stills and the band Manassas. There were Gold Records and there were many tours, but by 1984 Dallas was almost dead from his renowned alcoholism and drug addiction. And in December 1984, at the age of 36 Dallas found sobriety and recovery. From that point on he dedicated his life to help others who are suffering from addiction.

His journey was not always easy and he found himself with five years of sobriety and a failed liver. He underwent a liver transplant and some years later in 2007 he required a kidney transplant. But through each part of his incredible journey Dallas continued to work with those seeking sobriety and recovery.

Last evening at the 57th GRAMMY Awards there was a Memoriam to honor those artists and professionals who the music community said good-by to in 2014 -2015. Of course, Dallas Taylor was among those listed. 

Dallas’ work with families

Dallas, of course, went to school to become a Certified Addiction Specialist, did 1,000 hours of supervised on-the-job training and throughout this career continued his education. From 2000 through 2011 Dallas assisted many southern California treatment centers in designing and conducting their Family Programs. One of our associates had the privilege of attending a Family Program with Dallas Taylor and she recalls:

“I noticed on the first day we all seemed to cry when Dallas asked ‘how are you doing?’ Imagine! He wants to know how we are doing. I also noticed that by Friday, we were all able to talk about how we are doing, sans tears, and know we are not alone in this world of addiction.”

Dallas had a way of working with families and the individual addicts that was amazing to witness. He enjoyed working with young people and reached beyond the artists’ community to be of service.

Documenting his life…


In 1995 Dallas wrote and published his book Prisoner of Woodstock. According to the overview provided by AMAZON:

“This is the story of his life before, during and after the band. The book captures the “Real Sixties” during one of musics’ greats’ times. Prisoner Of Woodstock is a graphic depiction of Dallas’ experience with success and it’s excesses, and his spiral into the world of addiction, and remarkable return as one of the Nation’s leaders in helping alcoholics and addicts. In 1990 Don Henley helped organize a benefit concert to help Dallas get a Liver Transplant. The book has a wonderful sense of the “Recovery Spirit,” and is an inspiration.”



An interventionist is a mediator and necessary component to getting the loved one into a suitable drug and alcohol treatment program. Often, this is too great of a feat for the family and loved ones to do on their own because they are too emotionally involved with and impacted by the addict’s behaviors and despair. Interventionists provide knowledge where there is confusion, clarity where there is fog, solution where there is dismay and hope where there is despair.

Dallas’ passing has been covered widely by the news media: The New York Times, PEOPLE Magazine, Los Angeles Times, TIME Magazine, VARIETY, UPI, Billboard, TV Guide, etc. We will miss Dallas. Beyond being a great musician, he was a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. To many he was their sponsor and someone they could call if they needed help. He once said: “Whether or not your loved one agrees to seek treatment or not, you should remember this — there is no such thing as a failed intervention – After all, how can any attempt to save the life and future of a loved one be?”

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