You probably know someone like this: A guy (or woman) who, though having loads of talent or tons of luck (or both!) have become tremendously successful. They have everything anyone could ever hope to have. Money. Fame. Stuff. Access to all kinds of pleasure, adventures and opportunity. Everyone wants to be this person.
And then they all screw it all up. I
It wasn’t bad luck, illness or any other misfortune. They just made some bad decisions or questionable moves that damage or destroy their careers–and even their lives.
Sometimes this downfall happens in slow motion over a period of weeks or months or even years. Then there are those crashes that come in seconds. In the end, there’s no one that can be blamed except the person tthemselves
This sort of self-destruction happens a lot in music. Ego, bad advice, hubris, arrogance, drugs, stubbornness, mental illness–all these things can lead to tarnished legacies at the very least and full-on catastrophes at worst. What can we learn from these stories of spectacular acts of self-sabotage?
Chris Cornell, Long Gone
Smashing Pumpkins, Ava Adore
Nirvana, Heart-Shaped Box (Original 1993 Steve Albini mix)
Metallica, Until It Sleeps
Stone Temple Pilots, Between the Lines
Sinead O’Connor, War
U2, The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
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