Not many showed much awareness when announced that Alan Holdsworth died recently. I just caught this human interest story that if you don't already know, are a fan or of musical interest, you might find interesting: Holdsworth Funeral
I'm not familiar with his story exactly, but it's a common theme among talented musicians to wind up penniless.
The music industry is a vicious machine ... far too many talented people get robbed by men whose only talent was writing one-sided contracts and bilking others out of the fruits of their labor.
Sure, there are a lot of musicians who make a nice fat chunk of money and blow it all on drugs, women, cars, or whatever. But they are in the minority for sure. There have been far more musicians who simply never made any real money because they didn't understand business and couldn't afford a team of lawyers to negotiate every contract with the record labels who were constantly squeezing them.
There is probably a little truth in the fact that some musicians are really in it just for the music, pure and simple, and all they really look for is enough to live on so they can continue to play. They have music in them and they are compelled to play, to perform, to get it out.
Music is a kind of religion, and the pure musician is a little like a pilgrim, finding his way. I don't know too many musicians who became rich and famous and stayed happy--- the money is nice but the fame kind of ruins your life with pressures and lack of privacy. It ruined Jimi Hendrix.
But no one should die penniless, neither. I have Alan on some of his own CD's and with the British group, UK. They were great. Alan was a true seeker. May he find peace. 30 Years
Such is the plight for many of those considered "musician's musicians". Holdsworth's music was never really mainstream but most guitar players knew his stuff. I happen to own a Carvin Holdsworth model guitar. Lovely instrument that I'll spend some time with this week.