So you want to be a rock ‘n’ roll star?
Rick Fraser argues that early training in rock music will put you in good stead for a career in youth psychiatry
I can remember my dad saying to me that I shouldn't worry too much about where I was heading in life because in the end I would get to where I was meant to be. In retrospect, he must have been a bit of a Buddhist although I don't recall him wearing hippy clothes or anything like that. Otherwise, in some ways I think he was probably right. Although some people might not agree, I would argue that my years spent playing in a rock 'n' roll band were not wasted as far as my psychiatric career is concerned, and this is why.
I started my own adolescence as a bit of a nerd but quickly realised that music really is a universal language. I bought an electric guitar, learnt how to play, and got in touch with the part of me that was into making music. A longstanding desire