The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 697: Spectaular Acts of Self-Sabotage

You probably know someone like this: a guy (or a woman) who through having loads of talent or tons of luck or both has become successful. They have everything anyone could ever hope to have: money, notoriety, stuff—access to all kinds of pleasure and adventures and opportunity. Everyone you know wishes they could be this person.

And then they screw it all up.

Not by bad luck or illness or any other misfortune, necessarily. They just make some bad decisions or questionable moves that damage or destroy their careers and their lives.

Sometimes this downfall happens in slow motion over a period of weeks or months or even years. But sometimes, the crash comes in seconds. And in the end, there’s no one to blame except the person themselves,

This sort of things happens in music a lot. Ego, bad advice, hubris, arrogance, drugs, stubbornness, being out of touch, mental illness—all these things can lead to tarnished legacies at the very least and full-on catastrophes at worse. This week’s episode will be devoted these stories of spectacular acts of self-sabotage.

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard at 7pm ET Sunday and 11pm ET Monday on 102.1 the Edge/Toronto and FM96 London. More affiliates are coming soon. And what’s this?

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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