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Corgan’s father reflects: “I’ve blown it a few times.” 3:57 pm // Sunday, March 7, 2010

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After briefly outlining Billy Corgan’s rough childhood in a new profile, Rolling Stone associate editor Brian Hiatt noted the 2008 arrest of William Corgan Sr., using it as a stepping-off point to consider Corgan’s dealings with his father and others who have used drugs. Here is an excerpt:

On January 1st, 2008, police in Tampa, Florida, found his 60-year-old father unconscious in his car, a heroin needle in his left forearm.  Not for the first time, Billy stepped in to help his dad, bailing him out of jail and paying for rehab.  “Billy saved my life so many times,” says Corgan Sr. “I’ve been given more than my fair share of chances to be a human, and I’ve blown it a few times.  I grew up in a house of no love or emotion – it kind of sticks with you.  You end up passing it on to your kids, and we’re hoping that we maybe broke the chain.”

Corgan has spent enough time in therapy to know it’s no accident he created a new dysfunctional family in the Pumpkins.  He surrounded himself with addicts, from Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin to former lover and collaborator Courtney Love.  He’s tried to sever every one of those relationships.  “If I love somebody, I’ll look the other way,” says Corgan, “and stand there and walk them through their addiction.  Maybe because of my father I learned how to do this at a young age.”

He worked with Love on song for her new album, but he wants nothing to do with her now – and if she releases the songs, as it appears she will, “it would be a real big problem, because I haven’t given my permission,” Corgan says.  “I have no interest in supporting her in any way, shape or form.  You can’t throw enough things down the abyss with a person like that.”

Billy Sr. joins Pumpkins at Florida show 11:04 pm // Wednesday, August 20, 2008

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St. Petersburg Times critic Sean Daly concludes his mixed review (gee, didn’t see that coming…) of tonight’s concert in Clearwater:

At the very end of the show, Corgan brought out his father, a blues musician, who wailed on guitar. It was a sweet family moment. It was also really bizarre. Oh, that Billy. He may not sing for a generation anymore. But give him this: He’s never boring.

Billy’s father was arrested last week 6:51 pm // Thursday, January 10, 2008

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Tampa Tribune reporter Josh Poltilove was apparently unaware that his subject has a famous son:

[William Dale] Corgan, of [the 9000 block of] Sheena Drive, was charged with five felony counts of possessing a controlled substance and nine felony counts of introducing contraband into a detention facility. He also faces one count each of driving under the influence, possessing heroin with intent to sell or deliver and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Sigh. That is a lot of sadness in William, Sr.’s face…

That fourth guitarist can really wail 10:46 am // Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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Possibly the least-known collabo between the world’s two axe-wielding Billy Corgans will now be, thanks to the miracle of streaming video, …well, more known. Here is the blues journeyman and noted parent, backed by a rainbow-powered quintet, on an Elmore James number.

Below: The sky weeps for joy above Pompano Beach, April 9, 2003 (YouTube)


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