Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll is a tough regimen to maintain, especially when compounded by fickle labels, shady management and (gulp!) encroaching maturity. DAVID PEISNER tracked down 44 grizzled vets from SPIN’s 25 years to find out how they left the road behind to chase a dream even more elusive than stardom: sanity.
Rat Scabies, Damned drummer turned Holy Grail hunter
Peter Garrett, Midnight Oil frontman turned Australian MP
Jesse Peretz, Lemonheads bassist turned film director
Jesse Sandoval, Shins drummer turned gourmet food cart vendor
Brix Smith-Start, Fall guitarist turned fashion guru
Jack Grisham, TSOL frontman turned hypnotherapist/sobriety coach
Bragi Olafsson, Sugarcubes bassist turned novelist
Gary Valentine Lachman, Blondie bassist/guitarist turned author
Spin Magazine, March 2010
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Blender Magazine, March 2007
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Blender Magazine, October 2006
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Blender Magazine, September 2006