Robert Smith (of The Cure) at 29 years old was severely depressed as he thought that all masterpieces had been put out by musicians in their twenties. He then made “Disintegration” about that subject; it’s regarded as a masterpiece.
Phil Collins dumped his wife of over ten years by fax.
Musician Jim Sullivan recorded an album in 1969 called U.F.O. with cryptic lyrics about desert highways and strange lights. 6 years later he disappeared without a trace, his car abandoned on the desert road.
After conducting Symphony No. 9 stone deaf, Beethoven had to be physically turned around to see the audience applaud him (some waved handkerchiefs so he could visibly see their ovations).
Rapper Tupac Shakur received a letter from the parent’s of a terminally-ill boy named Joshua, saying it was Joshua’s last wish to meet Tupac. Tupac then flew out to Maryland to meet the boy. When Joshua passed away, Tupac changed the name of his publishing company to “Joshua’s Dream.”
When Prince changed his name to a symbol, his record label had to organize a mass mailing of floppy disks loaded with a custom font so the print media could write about him.
There was an American musician in the 1970s who sold very few records in the US, so he quit music and became a demolition worker; in 1998, he found out that his records had gone platinum in South Africa.
When Iggy Pop was in a mental institution, David Bowie was one of the few people who would visit him he would smuggle in cocaine for Pop.