Johnny Cash took only one music lesson, after which his teacher told him, “Always do it your way.”
Keith Richards heard the riff to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in a dream. He woke up, played the riff on a tape recorder and mumbled “I can’t get no satisfaction” and went back to sleep.
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon earnings were invested in a floating restaurant, a fudge-making hotel, a computer game, a film nobody saw, a skateboard company, a car hire business, and a children’s shoe factory. All complete failures. They fled to France as tax exiles and recorded The Wall.
The musicians of the Titanic were legally considered independent contractors rather than crew, so their families received no survivor benefits.
In 1959, the guy who wrote “Louie, Louie” sold the song’s rights for $750 to pay for his wedding. In the mid-80s, he was living on welfare with his mom in South Central LA, when a lawyer convinced him to take action to get the rights back. He settled out of court and became a millionaire.
After major symphony orchestras switched to holding blind auditions, the acceptance (hiring) of female musicians went up as much as 55%.
Maynard James Keenan of the band Tool has such a large problem with stalkers, that he’ll shoot at trespassers on his property with a paintball gun.
The original score for Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was written by Alex North, but Kubrick didn’t like it and switched at the last minute. No one told North, who showed up at the film’s premiere only to be devastated when none of his music was used.
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.