Edited by Dr Paul Saintilan
Music Australia, eBook, 366pp
Whilst this book and the research contained therein relates primarily to musicians working in the popular music environment, the problems which face them also face musicians and their pressures in other musical genres such as jazz (which does have along and documented history of drug abuse and dependence) and classical music, for the pressures are the same.
In his introduction, Dr Saintilan gives a long list of popular musicians who have fallen prey to addiction and those famous fatal cases, including members of the infamous ‘27 club’ – including the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin through to Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. There is a series of interviews included (mainly Australian musicians here), though he does manage to get the great jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock and Eminem as interviewees.
Musicians and Addictionfocuses on several areas, which influence the vulnerability of musicians to a dependence on alcohol and drugs including the pressure to be creative, performance anxiety, the attempt to overcome fears and challenges, pressures from others within the industry and the need to deal with...