Gibson has this fun list called Mad Geniuses: 10 Brilliantly Eccentric Musicians. People, so they say, “who seem wired differently from the rest of us.”
It’s a matter of degree, I suppose, but you could probably say that about most artists.
Here’s the list: Roky Erikson, Peter Green, Brian Wilson, Prince, Joe South, Phil Spector, Wayne Coyne, Scott Walker, Skip Spence, Syd Barrett.
Don’t pretend to know much about many on this list, but what I do know about the ones I do know about tells me that drugs might have a thing or two more to do with the madness than any innate wiring.
Whatever the cause, it’s too bad we lost Peter Green, one of the best guitarists of all time who just happened to also be a great singer and songwriter. Who knows what he could have accomplished?
Can’t say I agree with Phil Spector’s inclusion on this list, and not just because I’ve never been a “wall of sound” fan. Just suggesting there is bit of a difference between mad genius and sick creep, you know?