Ongoing History Daily: Life after music

The music business is a dangerously fickle place, which means for the majority of performers, their luck runs out and they find themselves having to find a new non-musical career. Here are a few examples.

  • Dan Spitz, the guitarist for Anthrax, is now a top horologist. (Stop giggling. This means he’s a master when it comes to fine watches and timepieces.)
  • Kate Pierson of The B52s ran a hotel in the Catskills for years.
  • Alan Shed, the drummer for British band Shed Seven, runs a company that creates software for those quizzes you see in bars and pubs.
  • And here’s one of my favourite: Jim Martin, guitarist from Faith No More, is now a prize-winning grower of giant pumpkins. He’s won all kinds of competitions for his big gourds.

Friday’s post explored the possibility of Iggy Pop and Billy Joel appearing on the same recording.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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