Who would have ever predicted that Trent Reznor would be the artist of his generation to age most gracefully? Absolutely no one, that's who.
Of course, the Reznor of yore was famously driven by his demons, fueled by addiction, and virtually burning to make artistic statements on a level that sought to make peers of his heroes at any cost. And while Reznor -- "Mr. Self-Destruct" incarnate -- eventually achieved that level of greatness, the process undoubtedly required some loss of self in one form or another.
The musician and composer has been rather open in the media over the years about the emotional and physical tariffs he once levied upon himself in his more volatile times. However, the "reformed" (though none-the-less vitriolic) and recovered Trent Reznor of present -- now almost 50 -- is setting a new precedent for how a bona fide rock star raised in outsider art can continue to grow and create in a relevant way.More »