The purpose of this study is to mirror the late guitarist Peter Green’s life experiences through insights from Andrew Voyce, who recovered from mental illness, and expertise from Peter Bryngelsson, a Swedish professional musician and author.
The authors used a mixed method of collaborative autoethnography, psychobiography and digital team ethnography.
Despite having not previously attracted academic interest, Peter Green’s experiences of mental health problems and his return to recording and performance provide a rich data source when mirrored and compared to the lives and experiences of Andrew Voyce and Peter Bryngelsson.
The main limitation of this piece of work is that Peter Green died in 2020. During the process of writing, the authors have had to follow different, mostly unacademic, sources that have described various parts of Peter Green’s life. The authors have given examples and drawn conclusions from their own lives as well as from academic sources, which they have found appropriate.
Both Andrew Voyce and Peter Bryngelsson’s stories would be helpful when it comes to a deeper understanding as to why Peter Green “took a left turn”, i.e., turned his back on an accepted lifestyle.
Acid casualty is a problem connected to both mental distress and to the music industry. Peter Bryngelsson’s story tells us that one can remain sane and drug free and still be an influential and creative musician.
The analysis has brought together two stories of mental distress in combination with insights.
Hopkinson, P., Bryngelsson, P., Voyce, A., Niklasson, M. and Carson, J. (2023), "A tale of two Peters: an analysis of the life of Peter Green using collaborative/community autoethnography and digital team ethnography", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 3-19. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-09-2022-0062
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