MANIC depression is a frustrating mess”, sang Jimi Hendrix back in 1967, and as anyone the least bit familiar with the debilitating “mood-swing” disease now known as bipolar disorder will attest ... it certainly is. Hendrix himself resides on a list of extremely talented individuals (whose genius is believed to have been partly linked to the disease) whose lives fizzled out prematurely. Jaco Pastorious, Kurt Cobain and Jeff Buckley are just some of the other musicians who rode this particular train outta town.
One of the most tragic victims of bipolar disorder is the relatively unknown Vincent Crane. Once a giant of the late-1960s scene, Crane (born Vincent Cheesman) gradually slipped off the radar as his successful creations fell apart.