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.
If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know the fetching story of Shamir Bailey. A 20-year-old, male-pronoun-approving, gender-fluid African-American who grew up in Vegas and played country music until enough bizzers told him they didn’t know how to… More »