For every rocker who, in true rock'n'roll style, fails to make it beyond his or her twenties, there are many more who defy Roger Daltrey's early wish and do get old before they die. Many of those who reach middle age admit to owing their survival to some form of therapy. And for a notable few, it's the giving, not receiving, of such therapies that underpins their endurance.
Take Terry Chimes, formerly of punk band the Clash. He is more likely to be manipulating spines at his Essex chiropractic clinic than playing drums.
Similarly, Steve Guthrie, of the post-punk group Theatre of Hate, runs an acupuncture practice in Brighton. It is also where Matt Irving, a psychologist, and his wife Liz Morris, an osteopath, also have a clinic, having both worked in the music industry for years - Morris was a US record company executive; Irving a musician who recorded and toured with many bands.
What prompted them to take up such altruistic second careers?Susan Hallam, a psychologist and former musician, believes musicians are generally more tuned into their emotions. “It's this and the desire that many have to change things for the better.” Kevin Porée, who runs London's Berry Street recording studio, and has worked with James Brown and Radiohead, adds: “Despite the caricature of a musician as self-absorbed egoist, many are selfless people who are driven to make the world a better place.”
Providing therapy, it seems, is one way they can do this.