Best Of Times... Kristin Hersh
The Best Of Times… With Kristin Hersh Welcome to The Best Of Times podcast brought to you by Lush and The Quietus. The Best Of Times podcast is presented by John Doran. Over the coming months he will be talking to people about some of the best and worst times they have been through and hopefully find out how these experiences have made them who they are today. In the first episode we talked to Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods, in Episode Two, we talked to Horace Panter and Terry Hall of The Specials and today our guest is Kristin Hersh. Kristin is an American rock musician, songwriter and author and is probably best known for fronting the bands Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave. In the past she has talked candidly about the battles she has faced regarding her mental health which have run in parallel to her 35 year career as a musician. After a car accident at the age of 16 left her able to hear noise and music that no one else was able to perceive, she received several misdiagnoses through her life including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; and has only recently been successfully diagnosed with PTSD and dissociative disorder. As well as fronting two bands she has released 11 solo albums, the most recent of which was Possible Dust Clouds on Fire records in 2018. Today in an intense, inspirational and emotionally charged interview she talks about refusing to play the major label game even when all of her peers around her were reaping the rewards of the alt rock and grunge explosions of the mid-90s; the importance of New Orleans; losing all of her possessions and her home in flood and fire; homelessness and a disastrous tour bus fire that left her, her band and family stranded for days in a mountainous pass. This podcast was produced and engineered by Luise London and co-produced by Andrew Paine. The theme music is by Oh The Gilt. The Best Of Times is available now above on the Lush Player but will be available to download as a podcast from iTunes from next Monday morning. If you enjoyed it please subscribe, give us a star rating, tweet about us and tell your friends and family. Thanks for listening. We’ll be back soon with more Best Of Times.