Behind the Music

Every episode of VH1's Behind the Music was exactly the same: Meteoric rise to fame; alcohol! drugs! bad decisions!; car crash, broke, bankruptcy, divorce; and, for those still alive, redemption in the form of getting back on the road, back into music. I loved the formulaic way in which all rock stars came apart. And their redemptions were never real redemptions, but they all pretended that they loved playing trade shows and tiny venues. But I suppose we're all playing small venues in our own way, and washed up rockstars are probably just as happy as everyone else in the world. I have no idea whatever happened to VH1. I suppose it's still on somewhere. I look forward to the day I stream the episode of "Where Are They Now" and it's about VH1. So, so meta.

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