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Sep 27, 2021 - 4:21:57 PM
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1096 posts since 4/12/2004

Below is a link to a recent piece in the New York Times about Billy Strings.

Billy Strings

Sep 27, 2021 - 4:39:50 PM

102 posts since 2/7/2020

Nice piece. Didn’t know a lot of that about his experiences.

Sep 27, 2021 - 5:17:38 PM
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416 posts since 5/11/2021

I don't think drug use is uncommon in the music industry. I think we all know that hard drug use is/was an unspoken habit of many of the great pickers and singers, and we lost quite a few musicians to various substances over the years. Not only is it a good thing that a young popular picker is at least attempting to live a (partially) sober life, but I think it's a good thing that he's open about his struggles. I think if we were more open about these types of things as a society, it would encourage more people to seek help when they need it, and understand that they're more than just a drug user and they can turn things around if they're willing to make the effort.

Sep 27, 2021 - 8:03:23 PM

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25217 posts since 6/25/2005

First time I’ve ever seen the NYT refer to a subject by last name only—no title.. I had expected to see “Mr. Strings.” Thanks for the link.

Sep 28, 2021 - 8:04:26 AM



1096 posts since 4/12/2004

That's an interesting observation Bill. I did not pick up on it. I also thought that the New York Times had a firm policy of always using honorifics, such as "Mr.", when referring to someone by name.

I did a little Googling, and I discovered that their policy has changed for subjects associated with pop culture. Below is link to an article that explains the change. As I understand it, the folks at the NYT worried that members of the unwashed masses who might stumble on to a Times article about pop culture would be put off by the use the honorifics.

New York Times Removes Honorifics From Pop Culture Stories

Edited by - RB3 on 09/28/2021 08:08:23

Oct 1, 2021 - 12:59:33 PM

1835 posts since 4/10/2005

Still using and endorsing drugs, though. And "giggling" about it.

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