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Whenever I look up an artist's bio, it always seems to be:

A: They were born in a musical family/learned music at a young age/they went to a prestigious music school

B: They were ordinary people who quit high school and traveled random places, leading a lost and destitute life, until they randomly made it big with their band.

C: They had some sort of crazy genius mental condition/practiced for 15 hours a day/became obsessed with the instrument/addicted to some drug

Are there any artists that were regular Joes, who started playing the instrument when they were 16 - 20, went to high school and college, graduated, got average marks, and went on to join a band and become reasonably successful. They don't have to be legends, just people who make a living off their band/music.
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Jimi Hendrix
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Most musicians I've heard of. In fact, I've never really heard of anyone I listen to coming from a musical background
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I think one of the points about playing for stupid amounts of time each day leads to being a better player (or so logic would say) so that's a foolish point to make, they get good and get big.

Tom Morello, probably. Studied social sciences at Uni and started playing guitar and got big with RATM.
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Most musicians I've heard of. In fact, I've never really heard of anyone I listen to coming from a musical background


Well from what I remember Slash was from a musical background, played constantly, and lived a "destitute" life until GnR
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#8
Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, started bass when he was 17, worked as an Architectural Draughtsman... before stopping to go professional with Maiden
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And more on the point, Tony Iommi worked in a steel shop before he went full time with sabbath.
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#11
I don't think Jimmy Page started playing until like 15 or so.

EDIT: Nevermind, 12. He fits into category C.
#14
Panteraaa!

Also Metallica, Machine Head, Slipknot... Most bands that play rock/metal actually.
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Well from what I remember Slash was from a musical background, played constantly, and lived a "destitute" life until GnR


He claims to have come from a creative family, I don't think that helped very much with the musical part. He did play something like 12 hours a day but I think that was mostly his own idea.
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Most of the music you hear are just bands that got really really lucky. They're definitely good at whatever they do, I'm not saying they don't deserve it, but whenever i've talked to a member of a well-known band, they've always said something like "I just got in this band, we worked our asses off, and we got lucky."
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Most of the music you hear are just bands that got really really lucky. They're definitely good at whatever they do, I'm not saying they don't deserve it, but whenever i've talked to a member of a well-known band, they've always said something like "I just got in this band, we worked our asses off, and we got lucky."

I don't think that's true.

Talent scouts go and see unsigned bands all the time. In fact, it's their job. If you've built up a local reputation chanser are a scout will go and see you sooner or later (assuming you live in a reasonably sized town with any local record companies).

At least that's the way it used to be, I don't know about now adays though.
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John Frusciante. He just studied the peppers music and when hillel died Flea called him up and said "hey hillels dead, you know all the tunes and your a decent guy, come on down and funk out with your **** out."
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#21
Dexter Holland from The Offspring has his Bachelor's degree and Masters in Molecular Biology!
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Most of Opeth, I think.
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Most of Opeth, I think.

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I don't think that's true.

Talent scouts go and see unsigned bands all the time. In fact, it's their job. If you've built up a local reputation chanser are a scout will go and see you sooner or later (assuming you live in a reasonably sized town with any local record companies).

At least that's the way it used to be, I don't know about now adays though.


Well definitely talent takes a major role in it. I'm just saying there have probably been and are bands tons better and more talented then the ones that have record contracts and tours, etc, but they were never lucky enough to get signed and have their music distributed.

But yeah, more recently I dunno how many record labels are willing to sign bands unless they're very sure they'll make money. It's a shame, really.
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#25
My friend and mentor Tom Hess has done/is doing all that you described and he is pretty damn successful in any way you look at it (professionally, artistically, financially). I learned a lot from him: www.tomhess.net

I'm currently in college and working on my own music career at the same time.

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Most of Opeth, I think.


I think I read in some interview that Mike lived on a friends couch for 3 years or something along those lines
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Eric Clapton
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#28
Brian May as somebody said and also I believe Roger Taylor was studying at medical school but only quit when Queen got off the ground.
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tom scholz, the guy went to mit, then made it big with boston when he was 27
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Whenever I look up an artist's bio, it always seems to be:

A: They were born in a musical family/learned music at a young age/they went to a prestigious music school

B: They were ordinary people who quit high school and traveled random places, leading a lost and destitute life, until they randomly made it big with their band.

C: They had some sort of crazy genius mental condition/practiced for 15 hours a day/became obsessed with the instrument/addicted to some drug

Are there any artists that were regular Joes, who started playing the instrument when they were 16 - 20, went to high school and college, graduated, got average marks, and went on to join a band and become reasonably successful. They don't have to be legends, just people who make a living off their band/music.


That, in and of itself, is quite hard to do... yeah, they'd have to be pretty popular, but hey, I'm sure the entire grunge wave fits this description: Legends who weren't prodigies, but just your average dope smoker.
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#32
Time was a little diffrent back then :P

thats how i look at it or compare it to some musicians like today

Metallica be one of em James if im correct started playin guitar in Pre-teens
Got out of highschool I heard he worked at a sticker shop or factory but i don't know if thats true
Him and lars met and it went from there.
And Some Guys just get lucky

Back then Music was a big thing A&R guys came to you to watch you play ...to sign you

Not like that any more ...Because it seems now everyone wants to be as big as everyone else .. Its alot diffrent now.
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Well from what I remember Slash was from a musical background, played constantly, and lived a "destitute" life until GnR


His frst guitar was an old acoustic with one string. He dropped out of school to concentrate on guitar and he practiced 12 hours a day.

How you'd go about practicing 12 hours a day on an acoustic with 1 string, I'll never know.
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Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero had to travel a lot to get their music out there. That and they did not have a job with the exception of playing for a hotel or something? Someone please correct me if i'm wrong, I haven't watched the dvd in a while
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