Re: Which was more unfortunate, dumb, destructive (and for no good reason)?
posted at 9/10/2013 3:54 PM EDT
In response to yogafriend's comment:
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
Blackmore , I think it's safe to say was a difficult person to work with....example B - Rainbow had a very volatile lineup , changing almost with every new LP.
Ever get the impression that talented, artistic geniuses are all "difficult" to some degree?
Dylan- he can be abrasive as hell at times, and who else would show up at a folk festival and "torture" the crowd with electric intruments and amps?
Lennon- I love the video of John with Al Capp at the "BED IN FOR PEACE."
McCartney- I believe there is an audio tape of him telling Harrison how to play his guitar and p*sssing George off bigtime.
Waters- His introspective and psychotic songs ( The Wall and The Final Cut) pushed out most of the Gilmour songs....notice the sharp change in songwriting style in the albums without Waters ( Division Bell, etc.)
Clapton- He drifted from Yardbirds to John Mayall to Cream to Blind Faith beofre finding he wasn't ever going to stay in a group for very long....if ever a man was meant to be a solo act , it was Clapton.
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Okay, now this is more like it.
I can see you concur with Hfx re: Blackmore; very funny.
RE: artistic, creative geniuses tending toward being ..."difficult" ? Sure, we can find countless examples, and that may be part of it, but many musicians also are good with "going with the flow" and are more than happy to oblige their band mates -- or at least, compromise. Funny, too, but many people with musical talent are dominant left brainers (analytical, good at reasoning), not dominant right brainers (abstract, more out of the box thinkers). I've worked with some real doozies re: difficult, too. We all have. =)
I've lately come to believe that the one who survive are those who play it close to the vest, under the radar, et al.
Truly talented musicians will always find work, I think. For the posers, wannabes, flame-outs and also-rans, it's more difficult. Look at someone like Slash, who's never really slowed down after GnR by forming new bands, playing cameos, etc.
Then, there are people like Kristin Hersh and Ben Harper who can't seem to stop making music. The compulsion to create is much stronger than the compulsion to be "famous" or in the limelight.