This looks grim. One of my favourite bands, The Posies, are no more after guitarist/singer Ken Stringfellow has been accused of some pretty despicable sexual behaviour by a number of women. One of them is a friend of the other main member of the band, Jon Auer, and he believes her and has called time on everything.
I’ve seen The Posies four times, once reviewing them for the old Word site – the only time my writing ever got in the magazine, which delighted me at the time. Added to this is the couple of times I saw Jon and Ken as half of Big Star, which were wonderful evenings. Frosting on the Beater was one of my go-to ‘up to 11’ albums, a glorious mix of melody and power. And now one of them is a wrong ‘un.
I remember this happening with Ryan Adams, though his transgressions were more of the ‘serial toxic relationships’ stripe. Stringfellow, if half of these things are true, has been getting away with monstrous things for some time. And, sadly, more and examples of artists doing these things – on the face of it, sensitive, gentle types – will come to light after some very brave women have found the strength to come forward. I will be genuinely surprised that someone whose music I loved could do such things. And wonder how many of my indie favourites might be doing the same things, right now.