Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Jazz, Drugs and Mental Health

This is mildly amusing. According to Inside Costa Rica, British researchers have come to a shocking conclusion. Jazz musicians are eight times more likely to do drugs and they suffer more mental health maladies than the general population.
Dr Geoffrey Wills, a psychologist from Stockport, Greater Manchester, looked at the biographies of 40 world-renowned musicians. [...]

Dr Wills said: "I am not trying to say that all jazz musicians are crazy, but I have highlighted a trend in mental health problems that is comparable to other creative people."

The research was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Who pays for these things? I could have told them that for free. I know a lot of jazz musicians. And I know rock and rollers and songwriters and folkies and writers and artists. They're all a little crazy but in a good way. They think outside the box. Some might call that creativity.


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