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.
Over the course of her nearly decade-long career as Grouper, Liz Harris has become a master of all things overcast. Her ambient compositions and waterlogged ballads are like fogged-up windows — bleary enough to indicate the bleakness inside, but only its vaguest outlines. There’s suggestion of something heartbreaking, but its true shape remains occluded, unobtainable,… More »