The 50 Craziest Rock Stars Ever

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This article is pretty damn funny.
A lot of rockers are or were seriously nuts!
I’m having a hard time figuring out dx’s for a lot of these people. It seems to be something towards the more extroverted end. I suspect a lot of them are acting this way on purpose, sort of like a lot of artists act “deliberately insane.”
I only see a few who were obviously psychotic: Syd Barrett, Peter Green, Roky Erikson, Brian Wilson, Jim Gordon and Skip Spence for starters. I’m familiar with all these cases. They all had schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. It’s commonly said that they are all drug burnouts, but I doubt it.
For one thing, LSD does not appear to cause permanent psychosis. I’ve known too many completely normal folks who have taken it 100-300 times. It’s not even proven to damage your brain. The worst that can be said about it is that very heavy users sometimes do go psychotic and have to be hospitalized. Typically, they get better, but they often go back to heavy LSD use and become mentally ill again. No one has any idea how LSD even makes you temporarily insane.
All of these people simply developed schizophrenia. LSD can trigger schizophrenia, but no one knows how that works either. LSD-induced schizophrenia looks just like the rest of schizophrenia and it responds to the same drugs too. Since acid doesn’t damage your brain, I can’t see how it could cause schizophrenia. There are good reasons not to do acid, but fear of being permanently mentally ill is not one of them.
For the rest of them, dx’s are difficult. Some seem to have issues with narcissism and borderline personality disorder. Some were just seriously whacked out on booze and dope, often cocaine and/or heroin.
Ike Turner used cocaine for some 45 years until it killed him at age 76.
Sly Stone spent years on cocaine, even living on the streets smoking a crack pipe. No one quite knows what is up with Sly these days. He shows up at occasional performance, acts very strange, walks off stage in mid-show, gets on his motorcycle and rides away.
Rick James spent a good 15 years on a crack pipe.
Whitney Houston is ruined and is heavy into cocaine.
David Bowie went nuts on coke in the 1970’s, became full-blown psychotic and embraced Nazism.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard is on crack.
John Frusciante almost killed himself on heroin and coke.
Ozzy Osborne, Jerry Lee Lewis and Liza Minnelli were alcoholics.
Keith Moon was a drunk and a pillhead who liked to blow up toilets with dynamite for fun.
Elvis was a hardcore pillhead who apparently went insane from all the tablets.
Arthur Lee of Love spent 20 years abusing drugs heavily, became homeless, set buildings on fire and shot up his neighbor’s house.
Carlos Santana used acid heavily, then 20 years ago met up with an angel named Metatron who looks like Santa Claus who has been guiding his life ever since. He communicates with Miles Davis, a dead person, on a regular basis.
Miles Davis (while he was alive and not talking to Santana) spent years shooting heroin, beating his wife and just acting weird.
Little Richard spent years binging on cocaine, having sex orgies and sucking cocks in men’s restrooms.
James Taylor was a depressive and a heroin addict.
Some were suicidal.
Wendy O Williams sawed instruments in half with a chainsaw, then retired and blew her brains out.
Ian Curtis recorded some of the most depressing music ever made, then hung himself on the night of his US tour.
Adam Ant is a depressive.
Mariah Carey assaulted staff and reporters and slit her wrists.
Some like Courtney Love and Britney Spears simply cannot seem to function as adults.
Sinéad O’Connor is just a kook.
Lou Reed’s main problem is that he’s a terminal asshole.
R. Keely is just a weirdo with a taste for underage girls.
Sid Vicious assaulted fans, carved up his chest onstage, murdered his girlfriend, then OD’d on heroin as a grand finale.
Jaz Coleman, George Clinton, Captain Beefheart and Julian Cope are unclassifiable.
No one knows what’s up with Sun Ra.
GG Allin was just nuts, dx’d as narcissistic, Borderline PD and masochistic.
Michael Jackson was one of the weirdest of all. No one seems to know what was wrong with him. He seems to have been a homosexual pedophile. I’m familiar with most of his weird antics, but I never knew that he said he had fathered 2 “Aryan” babes named Prince 1 and Prince 2. Weird!
Just because you aren’t psychotic (and most of these folks are not) doesn’t mean you’re not nuts. You can be plenty nuts without being psychotic, plenty.

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  1. What about Jerry Lee Lewis, Robert? A lunatic! And my favourite rock ‘n’ roll musician, along with Little Richard, with his pompadour hairdo and transexual dress sense, aeons before the great and immortal David Bowie.
    Both guys acted totally insane! One of the most most entertaining and crazy rock biographies, rated No 1 by Rolling Stone in the pantheon, Hellfire: the Jerry Lee Lewis Story, by Nick Tosches, forward by Greil Marcus.
    Hell, I loved his music so much, that I when I started internet dating, my profile name was Jerry Lee Lewis! The only disadvantage of using such a pseudonym is that women automatically assumed (in 2004) I must be at least 65 years old!
    There was also a very, VERY dark side to Jerry Lee Lewis: he was not called “the Killer” for nothing: what did happen to his first two wives? It’s chilling even to think about it….here are some 5 star reader reviews from the US Amazon site:
    (Hang onto your hats, and buy the bio if you haven’t read it)
    Tour-de-force prose fires up an already wild life story., July 10, 1999
    By T. Maddison “Tim Maddison” (London) – See all my reviews
    This review is from: Hellfire: The Jerry Lee Lewis Story (Paperback)
    This was the book that established Nick Tosches as the absolute benchmark writer on American popular culture.The story is gripping in its bare bones, but what really enthralls is Tosches’ flamboyant, baroque prose that both parodies and celebrates the wild energy of the southern religious fervour that was Lewis’s deepest inspiration and source of greatest torment. The whole thing may be too rich for some tastes, and in lesser hands would likely have emerged as overripe and trite, but Tosches’ awe at the man and love for the music is obvious. Like all of the author’s work, it is also extremely funny. “Dino” and “Country” are also highly recommended.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
    Tosches does not ignore the mysterious deaths of the 2 wives, January 30, 2002
    By Ravi Saxena (Chicago, IL United States) – See all my reviews
    This review is from: Hellfire: The Jerry Lee Lewis Story (Paperback)
    An “amen” to any words of praise that have already been spoken about this amazing book. What I would like to point out is that the reason the deaths of wife #3, Jaren Pate, and wife #4, Shawn Stevens, are not covered in the book is that they took place 3 or 4 years after the publication of Hellfire. However, Tosches does discuss both deaths in Country: The Twisted Roots of Rock n Roll, and quite chillingly at that. (“Your sister’s dead”, Jerry Lee said to Denise Stevens the day after Shawn’s bruised and bloodied corpse was discovered, “and she was a bad girl”). Come now, you don’t think Tosches could keep silent about the Killer’s Killings, do you?
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
    King of Rock and Roll, July 29, 2006
    By J. Swift (New Castle, IN United States) – See all my reviews
    This review is from: Hellfire: The Jerry Lee Lewis Story (Paperback)
    Who’s gonna play this old piano after the killer’s gone? Answer: Nobody! This is a great monument of the life of Jerry Lee Lewis. The real King of Rock and Roll.
    Nick writes a brilliant expose of Jerry Lee. The most interesting person in rock and roll. Pure hillbilly roots that take you to the foundations of rock and roll and the rise and fall of the golden boy. Jerry Lee Lewis!
    Jerry Lee has led one of the most interesting lives. Did you know he is first cousins with Jimmy Swaggart? I didnt. His whole life has been a battle between good and evil. I have a feeling when all is said and done you will see the killer in Glory.
    We could all use a horse to KO every now and then.
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    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
    Truth is stranger than fiction, tosches talks that truth, July 22, 2003
    By Tony Thomas (SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FL USA) – See all my reviews
    This review is from: Hellfire: The Jerry Lee Lewis Story (Paperback)
    This is a great book of literature, a book I have actually bought several times to give to fiction writers, especially a writer I know who writes about lives and loves in Louisiana. Tosches is not a fact meister, an assembler of minute bits of information. (Although starting out with wondering and truly fictive chapters in the original version of his Country Music, Tosches launched the change of investigation that discovered the facts about who Emmett Miller was and where he is buried).
    Instead, Tosches finds the kind of truth that is found in great jazz, in beat poetry. and thrilling novels where even fictions are truer than the most irrefutable facts. This is what he after here, not uncovering every jot and biddle of JLL’s 67 years of life.
    In this regard he has a heroic figure, JLL, the greatest artist produced by Rockabilly, the truest synthesis of all that is good and wild and meaniful about southern white Ameica’s synthesis of blues, jazz, tin-pan alley, and country represented in JLL’s long time declaration that the three masters are Jimmy Rodgers, Hank Williams, and Al Jolson! Tosches captures the drive, the heat, the darkness, and the resonance with the reality of America’s story of a culture warped by racism, sexism, greed, and of truths that have been covered over by common place facts.
    Just like JLL on a good night, the prose here rips through the story in a way that will wake you up and get you moving, get you thinking.
    This is a book for writers, for music lovers, and for those like me who believe JLL is one of the greats. How can it be that no one else has written a serious biography of JLL? Are they all afraid of JLL and Tosches?
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
    Hellfire! The Killer on the Loose!, February 12, 2008
    By Gearhead Girl (California) – See all my reviews
    This review is from: Hellfire: The Jerry Lee Lewis Story (Paperback)
    Hellfire: The Jerry Lee Lewis Story
    “Best rock ‘n’ roll biography ever written.” says Rolling Stone AND Newsday. Who am I to argue with both of them at the same time? If you expect to get “Jerry Lee Lewis was born in Farriday, LA in 1935.” Do not buy this book! This book will burn your fingers with literary magic and the strange tale of a sinner wrestling with his God. The book opens with Elvis dreaming and Jerry Lee Lewis waving a .38 derringer and banging on the gates of Graceland to talk to Elvis only to be arrested. Jerry Lee is a strange and conflicted man. I asked Jerry Lee how long it took him to learn to play the piano. “It was a gift of God, man. Gift of god. Two weeks and I could play like I do now.” I have no doubt that Jerry Lee got gifts from God, but he also got a few from the Devil. Nick Touches weaves us through the life of the Killer like nobody else could. This is the definitive work on Jerry Lee Lewis.
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    A haunted, unsettling tale of a great artist, October 5, 2007
    By Teresa Grubman “dmagick1” (San Antonio TX) – See all my reviews
    This review is from: Hellfire: The Jerry Lee Lewis Story (Paperback)
    Out of the many biographries I’ve read, outside of Marilyn Monroe’s life, this was one of the most unsettling stories I have yet to read. The book takes us back to the roots of the Lewis family, the depression era, and gives a highly personalized look into this man’s life. I believe this to be an excellently written work, very stylized, enthrawling and informative. I feel that Jerry Lee was victimized by the press. His rival, Elvis, seemed to have gotten away with much as everyone turned a blind eye. After all, Elvis brought home a 14 year old girl from Germany and horded her away for a few years like a big fat surprise mushroom for ‘some day.’ How unsavory was that?
    I think much could have been done to protect Jerry from the sufferings he had to endure, including the IRS cleaning him out, and as Nick puts it, ‘left him like a wolf in a burnt out woods.’ Where were the accountants and the attorneys and what bar were they sitting in?
    It seemed the Lewis family had one tragedy after another, as Elmo Lewis was run over by a drunk driver at the age of nine (Jerry’s older brother) and later the grievious event of losing his son Steve Allen to the swimming pool. The photo of his tombstone with the little lamb atop is a heartbreaking, chilling scene, and it emitts a lonely sadness that certainly will touch even the most coldest of readers.
    The story tells of all the struggles Jerry Lee had with trying do what was right, or what others ‘thought’ right, but in the end, he did do the right thing. He played his music. The struggles headed off the ‘y’ path of right and wrong toward his sheer persistance playing trashy clubs and cutting records until his big day came.
    The story leaves room at the end for many questions…what became of Myra after they divorced? What happened to Jerry Lee after the night we leave this wonderful yarn, as he glazes out the window of his empty house? I think there should be a follow-up novel, because the story is not over!
    This was a very interesting and entertaining read about one of century’s great piano playing talents and I highly recommend it as a very gripping tale you won’t want to put down, and just enough pages it can be read in 2 nights!!Loved it!
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      1. He seems the more sad depressing crazy that the out there.
        The Bloomfield documentary Kurt and Courtney showed he was depressed since childhood.
        Anyway I think most musicians are ass wholes and their songs are overrated which they produce more misses than hits.

      1. I just wrote in a another post how I think the Neurogirl is a psychopath. I really think Courtney is. Major. I also believe she killed Kurt. There’s a film called “Kurt and Courtney” made in 1998. I had no idea she was so weird. Even her own Father thinks she killed Kurt. There’s a moment in the film where a guy from the band “The Mentors”, a rape rock band????, says Courtney said she would pay him $50,000 to kill Kurt. The same guy died by “falling asleep” on a railroad track two days later after talking to the filmmaker. Ouch. I recommend watching this.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_%26_Courtney

  2. What about Chuck Berry? I heard a story about Jerry Lee and Chuck. They were sharing a plane for a tour of Europe, and Jerry was always yelling at Chuck to ” sit up the back of the plane, nigger!” Nice guy. Chuck was a nice guy too. I saw one of his home movies once – I’d bet it’s online somewhere – you see this beautiful blonde white woman making herself up and pulling her silk stockings on, and putting on a beautiful frock, and then she goes and sits in a bath. Then Chuck comes along, whips it out and pees in her mouth, and says ” You look so beautiful darling, I want to kiss you, but your mouth smells of piss”. They don’t make them like that anymore.
    Yes, Jerry Lee was a great piano stylist and singer, but he didn’t have a lot of memorable material. I prefer his later country period – mostly covers but really stylish, and of course ‘ What Made Milwaukee Famous (made a loser out of me)’.

    1. Yes, Jerry Lee Lewis is a real racist! Oh yeah! And a lot of people said he’s a real asshole too. Very difficult to work with. Very narcissistic, very arrogant, looks down on everyone. He lives on a farm in Mississippi now. He more or less represents the White racist South.
      There are a lot of stories about Elvis’ racism, but they are apparently not true.
      That story about Chuck Berry is nuts! You know, according to the PC Left, that stuff is called “B/D S/M lifestyle” and it’s totally protected. You can’t say anything bad about this sort of thing. It’s all about treating the other person as shitty as you can get away with. The person being mistreated loves the mistreatment.
      It’s all so fucked up to me. I just don’t get it. But a lot of women like to be mistreated during sex. They want to be humiliated, degraded, even hit sometimes. How do I know? I’ve met them! LOL.
      I had a couple of gf’s who liked to be pissed on too. One loved to drink it. I used to comply, but it sure is weird. The other one wanted to be led around on a dog leash and forced to bark like a dog. LOL, good times.
      Honestly, though, I’m not really into this shit. It’s not my bag. I was only complying with requests from perverted chicks, of which the numbers are unbelievably legion!

    2. “I saw one of his home movies once – I’d bet it’s online somewhere – you see this beautiful blonde white woman making herself up and pulling her silk stockings on, and putting on a beautiful frock, and then she goes and sits in a bath.”
      He used to have a restaurant in St. Louis, but he got busted with hidden video cameras in the women’s restroom. Kind of weird.

  3. There are good reasons not to do acid, but fear of being permanently mentally ill is not one of them.

    What are those reasons, in your mind? I’ve done acid and have my own ideas, but I’m curious what you have to say about it.

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