Andy Goldstein did a brilliant interview with Jimmy White last night on TalkSport starting from 13 mins and spreading out over an hour (the 30 min clips feed into each other) http://talksport.com/radio/listen-again/1415916000
Jimmy is frank about the cocaine use at the start and the effect it had on him then goes on to discuss career highlights, Alex Higgins, Ronnies Wood and O'Sullivan, hustling with Tony Meo when they were teenagers and much more.
Credit to Goldstein, he's from my generation of growing up watching Jimmy White on TV so remembered all the matches and players of the era. It's a much different side to Jimmy than comes across in the Guardian piece. He's honest and doesn't hide anything and seems very happy in life.
He touches on the fact that he was treated like a rock star in the 80s and lived the lifestyle that went with it. He always laid off the coke a week before a tournament to concentrate on snooker and passed all the drugs tests, he was never high during a tournament but would resume after. The final he was 14-8 up and Hendry won 10 in a row, he said he was knackered the last day of the final and all of a sudden found himself at 14-14 without knowing what hit him.
He recounted the story where he was at Ronnie Wood's house with Keith Richards and Ronnie O'Sullivan, and the Stones guitarists started have a guitar face off and asking the snooker players who was better then told them to have a game of snooker. They'd all been drinking all day and Jimmy said they had 10 frames of snooker and between them had about 8 centuries. I'm sure in Ronnie's book he said it was 11 frames and he won 6-5 with 11 centuries. Either way, lucky Rolling Stones guitarists.
Jimmy was asked about the funniest thing that happened in a match and the answer made me laugh out loud. It was a Legends event and they usually do a raffle where a member of the audience gets to have a frame against one of the Legends. The guy who was picked out apparently had all the gear and fancied himself, Jimmy broke off from the back of the pack and fluked a red to middle and made a 147 "so that was pretty funny because he never got a shot."
Anyway, recommended listening especially as you can skip all the adverts and news bulletins with a swipe