Nine Musicians Discuss Chronic Illnesses (Paste Magazine)

While the lifestyle of a musician often gets glorified as a occupation filled with the excesses of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, more often than not musicians encounter the same problems as everyone else. This includes their health, both in an everyday sense as well as long-term illnesses. While addiction, depression and overdoses usually take the headlines with rockers, more common are tinnitus, diabetes, eating disorders and other chronic illnesses that affect the general populous.

Although some chronic diseases do develop as occupational hazards, many performers endure these ailments long before and after their careers as musicians. The nine musicians who were open enough to talk to Paste about their experiences with chronic illness prove that the musical life isn’t always as glamorous as it seems. Listen to their stories about the realities of playing music while struggling with chronic illnesses ranging from kidney gailure to multiple sclerosis.

Read entries from Rogue Wave's Patrick Sturgeon, Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles, Rosie Thomas and six others about their chronic illnesses here.
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