Syd Barrett all the way
>Fried his brain on acid
>Kicked out of his band, which he started and named
>replaced by one of his oldest friends
>most likely schizophrenic
>most likely depressed
>totally aware of his decaying mental state
>just two more solo albums, where you can hear him get worse and worse
>had to quit music
>needed his mother's and sister's assistance for much of the rest of his life
>died of cancer at 60
>died mentally ill and alone
Partially paralyzed most of his life
Suicide on Christmas day
>Michael Gira was born in Los Angeles in 1954. His childhood was, by all accounts, awful. His mother was an alcoholic, and several sources claim he often took care of a younger brother. While we discuss the parallels between the never-ending crescendos of Neil Diamond and Swans, I ask if his parents listened to much music. He simply says, “No… They weren’t around much.”
>After getting arrested in California for petty crimes and risking being placed in a juvenile hall, Gira was taken by his father to Germany, where he worked in a tool factory. When his father insisted he go to school instead, Gira hitchhiked across Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey and Israel. He had already run away once, when he was 15, and went to Belgium to watch the Woodstock-like Actuel Festival. There, Gira saw—besides Yes, “who were actually pretty great”—Frank Zappa’s infamous sit-in with Pink Floyd.
>Gira’s second time away from home was the one that took. He ended up in Israel, the one place you could go with no money. Then…jail. Adult jail. For selling bricks of hash. A British prison in Jerusalem for a few months, until he was let out and inexplicably sent back in.
>“I was almost raped once,” he says, “but luckily there were older hippies there to look out for me… One thing I did was read a whole fucking lot.”
>He saw tortured Palestinians (“a doctor, a really nice guy”) come and go. Finally one cellmate contacted a lawyer, who got him released, and Gira went to work shoveling dust in a copper mine.
>Mother was an alcoholic
>father was distant
>ran away from home at an early age and travelled across Europe
>Got Caught selling dope in Isreal, where he spent time in a prison
>turned 16 on the inside
>Moved to New York in the 80s, which was a shithole (intentionally and for that reason mind you)
>was an alcoholic in the early 90s himself, causing the breakdown in the relationship of him and Jarboe and the breakup of the band
I guess troubled musicians really do make the greatest music
im not even edgy but man, he brought this on himself
>Gay dude with a scat fetish that grew up in the midst of a puritan crisis
>The people who appreciated his weirdness ended up breaking away from him to do their own thing
>Finally meets a man who gets him
>He fucking dies in his forties from a drunken fall
>Spends the next five years alone in Thailand before dying alone in his sleep
I'm pretty sure Cage tops everyone.
>Chris Palko was born in Würzburg, Germany, to American parents. His father was stationed on a West German military base as a member of the military police. Palko lived there until the age of four when his father was dishonorably discharged for selling and using heroin, and the family was sent back to the United States where they lived in Middletown, New York. His father would often force Palko to pull homemade tourniquets around his arm as he injected heroin. At the age of eight, Palko's father was arrested during a standoff with state troopers after threatening his family with a shotgun. By the time Palko was expelled from high school, his mother had remarried twice, and he was beaten by his stepfather Frank. Palko began using PCP, cocaine, LSD, cannabis and alcohol, and was sent to live with his uncle on a German military base, where he was beaten and sent home after a year.
>Palko was arrested several times for drug possession and fighting in the streets. When he faced jail time for violating probation, his mother convinced the judge that he was mentally unstable, and he was sent to the Stony Lodge psychiatric hospital for a two-week evaluation. He stayed in the hospital for sixteen months, where he was a part of a small group used to test fluoxetine, commonly used in Prozac. After being misdiagnosed and placed on the drug, he became suicidal and made several attempts to kill himself, including hanging himself with his shoelaces and saving his lithium (medication) dose for a month before ingesting all of them at once.
>all rights to his music taken/stolen away from him
>best friend/brother gets murdered
>wife dies of cancer
>gets stabbed in the back from a "friend" who out bidded him on his own music
>wife is a fucking succubus that totally steals most of his money
>still has to pay somebody to sing his own songs
>ringo will probably be next
You can have everything in the world, but it doesn't stop people taking it from you.
Poor guy's gone through a lot of stuff. All he wanted to do was make music.
John Darnielle had a shitty childhood everyone can relate to. Also he's a total bro.
God i miss him.
His mom was an alcoholic and he swore to never become one, but between 2004 and 2013 he drank nearly everyday
Stfu, gira was the quintessential rich kid who spent his whole life trying to be edgy
>abused the fuck out of acid to the point he went crazy
>could of stopped at any point
Yeah I feel sooooooooooo bad for him
>Drug and alcohol abuse starting at age 10
>His best friends throughout his teens died in sad ways
>Moved to California and was shunned by his relatives and deemed "strange"
Im sure there is more
No wonder why he is so bitter
glad to see people remember what jackson c frank went through too.
would also add lou reed and ray charles.
>Punched in the eye and has to live with two different eye colors
>Isolated and weird as a kid so he dropped out of school.
>Older brother is bipolar and eventually kills himself
>Most of his pals died in his lifetime
>First marriage was a failure
>Ex wife was insane
>Post-Let's Dance to Black Tie was a nightmare
>Broke in the 70s.
>Addicted to cocaine and isolated himself from the world
>Lost his mind and has no memories of recording Station to Station
>Thought Jimmy Page and Witches were gonna get him.
>Got slapped in the eye with a lollipop
>Survived a heart attack
>90% of the world only know Ziggy and Space Oddity
>First album was a commercial failure
David... He had a hard life.
At least he's losing weight...
I guess you can just say "his dad killed himself," but it really completely ruined his life
>has a daughter who doesn't even talk to him
>had a gang of edgy teenagers falsely convicting him of burning down churches just because he killed a man out of self defense
>imprisoned for 21 years because he acted to save his life
>had to change his name to Louis because everybody thinks he's a neo-nazi, or skinhead despite him never saying anything racist and never implied white superiority ever
>bastardized by media for over 20 years and was recently wrongfully arrested just because he knew a shooter
>politicians are fighting to get him kicked out of his country just because they think he's dangerous even though he specifically made a choice to live in the countryside away from mainstream civilization
varg has it fucking rough, at least he's made the best with it and has a wife and family.
One of his neighbors found out who he really was and threw a brick at his truck a week ago.
>varg put his past behind him decades ago
>people still try to find ways to fuck with him because of shit he did in his teens
>opening a vegetable store with a title that would lead customers to think the food was poisoned
I heard he even took a detour once on a way to a recording session so he could buy 3 buckets of paint
I'm not convinced that he lost his mind. Although the music on his solo records are certainly erratic (always a trait of Barrett's music; it's what made him a psychedelic pioneer), the lyrics have a biting lucidity and very clear awareness of both his immediate environment and the human condition.
eugene landy literally starved him too. I saw a interview with Brian from the 80's where he said he was eating 600 calories a day and getting most of them from supplements cause landy said he was eating himself to death.
He came from a pretty well off and loving family. His sister became an actress. But the depression certainly ruined him and made his life shit.
Toshi the lead singer of X japan had a hard life.
>At X's prime he was used for his money by his family.
> His family acted like rockstars and were jerks to everyone in town.
>Yoshiki the drummer treated him like shit.
> Toshi's brother became his manager and stole money from all the band members.
> Toshi was never the most popular member.
> Suffered from low self esteem.
> crazy bitch tricked him and lead him to a cult.
> Joined cult and they abused him physically and mentally for money for many years
>cult leader fucking his wife
>lived off 100 dollars while cult leader and wife had a huge ass house
>media made him to be the crazy one doing all those awful things to children in the cult however he was never even in the headquarters of the cult.
Liz's childhood was pretty fucked
Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill was named so because an older girl in the cult she grew up in asked her to do so out of spite
I don't have the magazine article where she goes in depth into her childhood, but if someone could post it that would be cool
yeah, pretty awful life
His bandmates weren't wrong by kicking him off though, he gave them no other choice. If he had stayed with them, Pink Floyd wouldn't be a household name like it is today, it would be an underground old psych band that /mu/tants would put on their charts to look patrician
My friend has told me that Dan had a pretty shitty life leading up to Deathconsciousness, though I haven't researched it much myself.
>hated by fans for years and was always credited with X's disbandment
>was threatened by the cult leader with the yakuza
>was hospitalized so badly he couldn't even sing properly
>hid for a while from the cult and his wife
> has now sued the cult and his crazy ass wife and cult founder
Even now they still sell the records he made during his stay with the cult. He has asked the public to not buy any of the merchandise anymore to not support the cult that had ruined his life.
He was pretty depressed, don't know if he had a hard life but he was pretty suicidal. I have followed his blog since he released Giles Corey and there were a lot of posts around that time where he said that he was either fascinated with or wanted to get into a car crash.
idk about his life but i know his wife miscarriaged :/
Jeff Buckley. Read up on him and then read the story behind Dream Brother. Adds a layer to it.
the gist, from wikipedia: it was written as an urge for a friend of his, Chris Dowd of Fishbone fame, not walking out on his pregnant girlfriend in a similar way to Buckley's own father, Tim Buckley, as evidenced in the verses, "Don't be like the one who made me so old/Don't be like the one who left behind his name/'Cause they're waiting for you like I waited for mine/And nobody ever came".