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I have a close family member who suffers from schizophrenia, with paranoia, among other serious illness. It's a horrible disease. Very few effective meds exist today, and those that do carry heavy side-effects, leading to sufferers often no complying with treatment and instead 'self medicating'. And that never goes well. Addiction to anything that will muffle all the things going on inside your head, in lieu of proper medications, in common, Medication and support options were even WAY worse in the 60s, 70s, 80s and earlier. Jim's story is very tragic, and was tragic for all those who loved him at one time or another. No one chooses schizophrenia, and few people try to show compassion or understand when they encounter someone with it. People with mental illness are WAY more likely to be the victim of violence, than perpetrate it.
Yeah, what a tragedy he life was. So sad.
But damn, he was an exceptional drummer, one of the best of his era. I knew he was involved in many things, but now as I checked his cataloque, didn't even realize how profilic he was back then. He plays on so many of my favourite recordings, such as "Diamonds and Rust" by Joan Baez and "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon. A kind of Nicky Hopkins on drums.