Weird News from the World of Music

Okay, so this doesn’t necessarily pertain to female musicians per say… Or does it?Ladies, own up!

Couldn’t resist posting this article, as I found it so amusing. It is a year old but very intriguing. If this is popular, we’ll post more “weird” articles from the musical world. (But really, what is “weird” in the world of musicians?) Personally, I think “weird” is a relative term. But that’s just me.

Seems a Swedish man found it difficult to hold down a job due to his addiction to…well, heavy metal music. And, really, when you think about it, it all makes sense. Try finding a job when your body is filled with tattoos and piercings and, if you’re a man, if your hair is long. Heaven forbid, if you are man who also wears earrings. In the US, employers tend to be very conservative (a sign of where the country is going, no doubt?)

Frankly, musicians and artists of all types (yes, music is an art, people!) have difficulty finding steady paying work. At least here in the US, our society tends to devalue the work of artists. Much of this is due to the myth that creating art is easy, that we are just born with some great talent and don’t need to work at it. But let’s face it, anything worth achieving requires some work, right? The great musician spends hours and hours practicing his/her technique. He/she may spend much dinero on lessons and equipment, not to mention the time he/she could be spending working but instead is spending on practicing. So I don’t begrudge this man. More power to him! Musicians should be paid for creating music. And yes, I stand behind that statement! Music is important, dammit! We pay football players big money to run around a field. And let’s not even talk about how much stock brokers make. Musicians (and all artists as far as I’m concerned) should be paid for creating and contributing to our society. Imagine a society without art!? Without music!? Turn on the radio (or your iPod) and there’s no sound!?

Anyhow, this man found a solution to his unemployment problem: disability. The full article appears at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/06/20/man_diagnosed_with_heavy_metal/

Read full article here.

Excerpt below:

Swedish man gets benefits for Black Sabbath addiction

Who’s next? Ozzy?

By Jan LibbengaGet more from this author

Posted in Music and Media, 20th June 2007 12:52 GMT

A Swedish man is to receive sickness benefits for his addiction to heavy metal music.

The lifestyle of 42-year-old dishwasher Roger Tullgren from Hässleholm in southern Sweden has been classified as a disability by the Swedish Employment Service, which has agreed to pay part of Tullgren’s salary, and his new boss has given him special dispensation to play loud music at work.

According to Swedish online newspaper The Local, Tullgren first developed an interest in heavy metal when his older brother bought a Black Sabbath album in 1971. Since then, Tullgren is a classic (albeit softly spoken) heavy metal head with tattoos and skull and crossbones jewellery. Last year he attended almost 300 heavy metal shows, while playing bass and guitar in two rock bands, including Silverland.

Tullgren says he has always had difficulty holding down a job, mainly because he is absent most of the time.

Psychologists decided Tullgren’s obsession is nothing less than an addiction, which puts him in a difficult situation in the labour market. Tullgren said he has been fighting for recognition for a long time.

 

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