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A tale of two Peters: an analysis of the life of Peter Green using collaborative/community autoethnography and digital team ethnography

Patrick Hopkinson (Managing Director of Apollo Eagle Consulting based at Bandstead, Surrey, UK)
Peter Bryngelsson (Independent Researcher based at Stockholm, Sweden)
Andrew Voyce (Department of Social Work, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK)
Mats Niklasson (Vestibularis Clinic, Center for Sensorimotor Research, Kalmar, Sweden and at the School of Psychology, University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)
Jerome Carson (School of Psychology, University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Article publication date: 25 October 2022

Issue publication date: 11 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

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.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors used a mixed method of collaborative autoethnography, psychobiography and digital team ethnography.

Findings

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.

Research limitations/implications

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.

Practical implications

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.

Social implications

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.

Originality/value

The analysis has brought together two stories of mental distress in combination with insights.

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Citation

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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Emerald Publishing Limited

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