As a child, Jimi Hendrix carried an actual broom with him everywhere around school for over a year, as a pretend guitar. The school’s social worker tried to get funding for a real guitar, insisting that leaving him without one might result in psychological damage.
Inspired by a Renaissance writer who said “a well-rounded man should be an artist, a warrior and philosopher” Jason Everman, original bassist for Nirvana, joined the US military, the Special Forces, studied under monks in Tibet and earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Columbia.
Joe Walsh, guitarist in the Eagles and other bands, ran for president in 1980 on the platform of “free gas for everyone” and promised to make “Life’s Been Good” the new national anthem if he won.
Noodles, the guitarist for The Offspring, was the janitor for the school the band went to. He was allowed into the band because he was old enough to buy the band alcohol.