a court jester with a broken heart
How could such apparently drunken asshole buffoons convey such sensitivity and heart in such beautiful songs? Sweet Child O Mine, Don't Cry, November Rain, Live and Let Die. How did they manage to have the soul of the blues man, the sad sweet dignity of the mr bojangles, the outrageously desperate greed of the innocent, and the wild animosity of aggressive rock all at the same time? Does every good metalhead have a heart of gold? God, Guns N' Roses was a good band!
I think many artists are emotionally stunted. (You would be artists out there, please stop trying to apply this statement to yourselves.) That is how they can convey such purity of emotion, cause they have not developed adult strategies for dealing with things such a jealousy, anger or personal insecurity. On the other hand maybe they were just great borrowers of others' ideas. Like those fake movie trailers, that look just as good as a real movie trailer, but turn out to be a commerical for manwich.
Many artists and writers are drunks and assholes. Maybe what makes them so sensitive to beauty and their own feelings is also what makes them so sensitive to being upset and driven to drink and be angry.
Furthermore, what made them successful as artists was a single-minded, selfish ambition that didn't allow much room for consideration of others.
Furtherfurthermore, they are entertainers. They have to be ON when on stage, and that carries over off stage while they are encouraged to live the rock n roll lifestyle and would probably would have disappointed people if they weren't obnoxious and destructive and loud.
Have you ever really listened to the words sometimes and you think, if you took away the music this would be really candid exposure of feelings and sadness, and loneliness, and fear. I mean, sometimes it would be. No wonder this music appeals to teenagers. But it still appeals to adults - does it still affect you the same way or do you now only like it out of nostalgia? This ever-changing world we live in makes you give in and cry LIVE AND LET DIE!
AC/DC on the other hand, well they just rocked, they didn't display much sensitivity.