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Kurt Cobain; his personal history, substance abuse history and a description of the interventions he attempted in order to decrease or eliminate his substance use. A description concerning the circumstances of Cobain's untimely end is followed by an application of relevant addiction and change guidance to identity Cobain's "journey through the stages of change to addiction" and to provide the basis for an individualized relapse prevention treatment plan. Finally, an explanation concerning how this intervention through the stages of change model would have worked with this celebrity taking into account his personal history is followed by a summary of the research and important findings concerning Cobain and addition treatment and relapse prevention in the conclusion.
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Biography of Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain was born on February 20, 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington (Mustian, 2014). According to one biographer, "Kurt Cobain dragged (screaming) the Alternative/Grunge ock revolution into the American…… [Read More]
Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain was just fourteen years old, when he dreamed about his own destiny concerning fame, glory and self-destruction. Cobain stated, "I'm going to be a musician, kill myself and go out in a flame of glory" (Cross, 2001). Heavier than Heaven is the biography of Cobain that was written based upon medical and police reports, and Cobain's personal journal entries and over four hundred interviews with people who were very close to him during his life. The work is a dismal description that details Kurt's low self-esteem, his abuse of drugs and the grunge lifestyle that took him deeper into depression where he was able to fulfill his prophecy of self-death. The shocking story of the singer's lifestyle is disturbing and entails a sad description that outlines how Cobain quickly reached the top in the rock world, but soon plummeted to…… [Read More]
Rodney Graham -- ho ill he become next?
Rodney Graham is a Canadian artist, born in Vancouver in 1949. But he could be anyone -- or so his art suggests. In Fishing on the Jetty, 2000, the Rodney Graham renders himself into his on text as a filmed subject. In this film/performance art piece, the vieer is itness to the sight of Graham playing Cary Grant in his on nautical version of Alfred Hitchcock's 'To Catch a Thief.' Graham, ithin the context of the piece is himself, is the character of Grant, and is also the persona portrayed by 'Cary Grant,' the sublimely artificial romantic lead of the 1930's classical film in a ho-done-it about mistaken identity, a film here the actor portrays a constantly misleading man ith a shape-shifting identity.
In much of his ork, hich straddles the line beteen film and photography, Graham is both creator and subject,…… [Read More]
As in Durkheim's day, persons often come to cities, leaving family and home behind to seek their fortunes but only find loneliness. Also, one would also expect to see suicides more often in college students and young worker who traveled far from their original homes, and were unable to adapt to a new community. These persons are often forced to form social ties with strangers, and forced to create a new schema of values that might conflict with their parental values. If unable to do so, they may feel unable to return to their own way of life, but seem to have no future.
Rural communities might also show high levels of suicide, if sufficiently isolated from nearby towns, and if populated by houses that are sparsely, rather than closely located together and discourage community ties. These communities could be just as lonely as urban apartments. Diverse communities, without social…… [Read More]
Today sometimes also referred to as 'urban' music, R&B was originally a euphemistic way of referring to the boogie woogie blues-based music of African-Americans in the 40s and 50s. In some circles, these would be referred to as 'race records.' When white musicians like Elvis Presley began recording these songs, the term Rock and Roll was coined. This transition would not render the R&B genre moot, but would instead apply it to most music made by African-Americans. Over the years, this would come to serve as a Billboard Chart classification for forms such as Soul, Funk, Disco and many modes of Hip Hop.
Quite in fact, today, R&B may be said to be the dominant form in popular music once again, with its permeation of the variant of popular forms impacting the sound of music today in the same way that rock would for decades. Particularly in the type of…… [Read More]
"They are not just faces," Peyton, has said of her portraits, referring to the old classical painters of portraiture, indicating that she too has studied those classics well, and while she is not attempting to recreate that process of capturing images to make people well-known, she does believe in this culture portraiture is a means to convey her ideas about the world around her (New Museum.org, audio interview, found online).
The image of the subject in Democrats are More Beautiful, is neat, and indeed beautiful. The board on which the oil is painted is absorbing, and to capture the deepness of the color and light, Peyton had to be meticulous in calculating the oil composition to the texture of the board. The board helps to create the texture of the light and darker shades in creating the shadows of facial structure. The deep red pursed lips as the facial angle…… [Read More]
Hamlet lives vicariously through the devices that he uses to capture or replay reality. However, those devices actually serve to separate Hamlet from the very world he is seeking to capture. This concept is dramatically displayed by Hamlet's use of headphones. Though headphones generally provide a listener with music or other entertainment, Almereyda's makes it clear that they also serve a secondary purpose: to shut out the external world. Therefore, although Hamlet appears connected all the time, Almereyda makes the point that Hamlet uses technology and technological devices to shut out the other characters in the movie.
While Hamlet's use of the headphones displays his overt attempts to block out society, they are not the only way that technology interferes in interpersonal relationships. In fact, Almereyda consistently has technology, whether the hum of a jet or the ringing of a phone, interrupt human interactions. These constant interruptions cause a variety…… [Read More]
Bible & Depression
Depression is something that a lot of people suffer with in modern times and there is very much a tug-of-war between "modern science" and the Bible in terms of depression, how it should be dealt with and what actually makes things worse. The same can be said of the broader medical field as some people rely on faith alone rather than the "poison" and such of modern medicine. As with most things, neither extreme is wise and a middle ground that recognizes both science and faith should emerge. While it is possible to read too much into certain clips and phrases in the Bible, there are certainly portions and passages where depression certainly was pointed to or that almost certainly existed with or without mention.
The passages about Adam and Eve are a good starting point when it comes to depression and negative feelings. Indeed, Adam…… [Read More]
What makes indie music special in the music industry is the fact that it is produced outside the studio system. Indie artists rise up out of obscurity through their own grit and determination, their own ability to publicize themselves and gain traction, their own talent and genius, and their own development of a fan base. Unlike the many artists today who are groomed from childhood—their fans brought to them via a range of media conglomerates with overlapping boards of directorates, their music written for them by ghost writers, their look developed for them by stylists, their persona created for them by marketing specialists—indie musicians carve a name out for themselves via the tools of the 21st century—social media, streaming services, and DIY (do-it-yourself) merchandise. One of the legends of the indie music scene exemplifies the raw talent and tenacity of this particular group: Daniel Johnston, who recorded…… [Read More]
How the Beatles Made History
Everyone knows their names, even if one never cared for their music: Ringo, John, Paul, and George. Just 15, 16 and 17 respectively, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon came together in 1958—young but passionate musicians from Liverpool, England, who wanted to play jazz, blues and folk music on improvised instruments. By 1962, they had added Ringo Starr to the group. With Starr on drums, the group’s first single “Love Me Do” hit the airwaves and changed the face of pop music forever. Beatlemania became a thing and the Beatles themselves became “more popular than Jesus,” as Lennon put it four years later to a London journalist (Runtagh). The Beatles surely did make history (whether they were ever actually bigger than Jesus was a controversial point): they had more number one singles than any other British band or artist, and there 17 number…… [Read More]