Sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll is a tough regimen to maintain, especially when compounded by fickle labels, shady management, and (gulp!) encroaching maturity. To commemorate SPIN's 25th anniversary in May, David Peisner tracked down 44 vets from our back pages to discover how they left the road behind to chase a dream even more elusive than stardom: sanity.
Here we profile nine of those former stars. To see the other 35, pick up the March issue of SPIN, now on newsstands.
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »