Better late than never, CMT.
The New York Times had an article a couple of days ago that pretty much lays out that Ryan Adams is a PoS. Since the article has come out, other women have come forward as well and basically comfirmed having similar experiences. Although never a fan of his solo stuff, I loved Whiskeytown and there are a couple of those songs that are some of my all time favorites.
It got me thinking about how do you love the art but hate the artists? It's not just confined to the music industry either. Picasso was a world class asshole (Sorry Jonathan Richman, I just went there), and Woody Allen definitely is too. But it's hard denying the greatness of their creations.
I have heard from a lot of people that they are done with Ryan Adams, not going to support him by buying albums, going to shows, etc. Which makes perfect sense, and something I can easily do as well. But what about when I'm in the mood to hear Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart or 16 Days? He's already gotten my money. Is just listening to a song that does something for me "supporting Ryan Adams" or forgiving what he did? I could just find other songs that move me the same way (or not).
Does it bother you when a artist turns out to be a horrible person? How do you respond, do you separate the art from the artist? I am not sure there is a right or wrong answer, just curious on what people think.
Also drop your lists.