Originally Posted by Deathmetalconga
I don't buy the tortured artist stereotype. There are plenty of incredibly creative, productive artists with stable, mature personalities who provide us with decades of work. You just don't hear about them as much because the screw-ups get all of the attention for their "interesting personalities."
Dying of a drug overdose is a disgrace.
This leads to another issue I have as well: We, as consumers, celebrate the unique and weird. Perhaps because we don't have the courage to be Lady Gaga or musically experimental like Frank Zappa. So as consumers of entertainment, we only raise an eyebrow when it's so unique it's obvious there is no one like who we just discovered. Then this artist feels the pressure to be more and more unique, which, depending on the individual can either lead to destruction, or in the case of U2's Edge, buying Malibu real estate in California.
Why should we buy into bands that sound like Rush, when we can have Rush? Or Devo, or Lawrence Welk, or ______ (name your favorite unique artist)? We don't want copies, we want the real deal. So these artists can't cope with always being unique over time? Remember the funny scene in "This is Spinal Tap
" when the bass player (Harry Shearer) really just wanted to play jazz? The problem could very well be these artists taking themselves so seriously that it leads to mind alteration.