04 April 2014
While mental health, addiction or eating disorders are
no yardstick of musical ability, the amount of big name 20th
century artists who had issues with one or more of these three
areas is curiously high.
Can you consider the music of such diverse acts as Kurt Cobain
(Nirvana) or Karen Carpenter without reflecting on the health
problems they faced?
Not only is Simon Manchip AWP's Consultant in old age
pyschiatry, but he's also a seriously knowledgeable muso with a
wealth of information on the state of rock stars' mental
On Sunday April 6, Simon will be joining BBC Radio Wiltshire for
a very special hour-long programme looking at the "psychopathology
of dead rock stars", which isn't something you often hear about at
that time of the week.
"The plan is that we'll play a song, then I comment," says
"As we are talking about people who are dead, I am allowed
professionally to comment. Of course it's the anniversary of
Cobain's death so we can look at his suicide and discuss the
psychiatry aspect behind it - dual diagnosis with depression, plus
schizophrenia, anorexia, OCD and borderline personalty traits.
"We'll also be covering other rock artists who died including
Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd), Joey Ramone and Richey Edwards (Manics)
so it should be an interesting hour in their company."
Join Simon and presenter Mark O'Donnell between 9 - 10am on 6
April on BBC
Radio Wiltshire - 103.5FM / 104.3FM / DAB