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Rock psychology

Peter Gabriel and Bruce Springsteen are among a growing number of musicians in therapy

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Peter Gabriel describes his experiences in group therapy as ”more of an ‘us’ focus, than a ‘me’ focus.” He’s only one of a growing number of major rock stars who are opening up about recent therapy sessions and tossing around psychiatric catchphrases.

Over the past few years Bruce Springsteen has been looking in his analyst’s office for a little of that human touch. ”Somewhere between realization and actualization,” said the Boss, ”I slipped in between the cracks. I was in a lot of fear.”

And how did the Material Girl live to tell? Three sessions a week helped. Madonna said, ”When you go through something really traumatic in your childhood…you either become a real attention getter or…terribly introverted.”

Axl Rose has done his own Freudian homework during regression therapy. Rose recalled, ”My growth was stopped at 2. And when they talk about Axl Rose being a screaming 2-year-old, they’re right.”

The standard set by Brian Wilson, who has had a 24-hour-a-day therapist for most of the past nine years, is hard to beat. In dedicating his 1991 autobiography, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, to psychologist Dr. Eugene Landy, Wilson wrote, ”Without you there’d be no music.” And without Landy, there would have been no lawsuit filed by Wilson’s brother Carl and cousin Stan Love in 1991, claiming the good doctor controlled his every move.

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