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  •  Most great artists have a ruthless dedication: (14+ / 0-)

    they're determined to put their work ahead of the relationships, entanglements and hassles of every day; and they're ruthless in their self-editing, because the final product is worth all the sacrifices. And I've noticed that most great rock bands have at least one captain, who brings that ruthlessness to piloting the band's career.

    And I also agree about the neuroses - at least, that art is a great place to put your craziness, if you have too much of it.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 10:35:55 PM PST

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    •  But how far does this go? (3+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, Brecht, suka

      Do we give great artists a pass if they beat their spouses, their children? Polanski had a terrible time as a child, however, many people do and don't become rapists.

      It's one thing to have a bad attitude, entirely another to cause actual damage. I would never tell someone whether or not to support an artist based on his/hers behavior, obviously that is a personal decision, but making the excuse that anything is allowed because art elevates brings only one word to mind: bullshit.

      YMMV.

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