Songs You May Have Missed #228

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Michael McDermott: “Forever” (1996)

As I sat to write a few sentences about Michael McDermott, I intended to do so in “whatever became of” terms. Then I saw he’d just released a new album a month and a half ago, and read that he’s rebuilding his career, and his life, after some very dark years.

This Chicago Tribune article from 2011 tells the sad story of a kid who once was being compared to Dylan and Springsteen, but who ultimately couldn’t handle the trappings of talent and let cocaine and other forms of self-abuse derail his promising career. It’s a good read with a reasonably happy ending and some interesting details. (Tip: having a stage name that differs from your real name can help you avoid unwelcome publicity when you’re arrested.)

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