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A few songs and musicians celebrating free minds, and challenging psychiatric human rights violations.

Folder Die gedanken sind frei
Background, lyrics and more about the classic "free mind" anthem. Historians say the idea originated in the 12th century and was sung by rebel German peasants in the 16th century.
Page Lyrics to "Crazy and Proud" by Howie the Harp
One of the legendary organizers in the 'mad movement' was the late Howie the Harp. He wrote a song called "Crazy and Proud." Thanks to Phoenix Rising, here are the lyrics.
News Item Psychiatric Survivor Musician Works on Album
Vara Adams is a psychiatric survivor musician who is working on an album of songs that challenge the current mental health system. She has three of the six songs recorded so far. We've been enjoying these first three at the MindFreedom office! Go Vara!
Folder Heavy Load
You can find out about this punk band that includes people considered 'learning disabled," and the film documentary about them.
Link Top 25 Songs About Insanity According to Rolling Stone Readers
In 2008, Rolling Stone magazine held a contest for readers to vote for their favorite songs dealing with the topic of "insanity." The editors said they launched the contest because of mental and emotional challenges facing the celebrity Britney Spears. Here's the list, and you can click on the link for live links: 1. Pink Floyd – “Brain Damage” 2. Black Sabbath – “Paranoid” 3. Pixies – “Where Is My Mind?” 4. Metallica – “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” 5. Radiohead – “Climbing Up the Walls” 6. Guns n’ Roses – “You’re Crazy” 7. Green Day – “Basketcase” 8. Nirvana – “Lithium” 9. David Bowie – “All the Madmen” 10. Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy” 11. The Ramones – “Gimme Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment” 12. Talking Heads – “Psycho Killer” 13. The Doors – “The End” 14. Jefferson Airplane – “White Rabbit” 15. Ozzy Osbourne – “Crazy Train” 16. Suicidal Tendencies – “Institutionalized” 17. Tool – “Rosetta Stoned” 18. The Rolling Stones – “19th Nervous Breakdown” 19. Tears For Fears – “Mad World” 20. Sonic Youth – “Schizophrenia” 21. Jimi Hendrix – “Manic Depression” 22. The Police – “Every Breath You Take” 23. David Bowie – “Aladdin Sane” 24. Joy Division – “She’s Lost Control” 25. The Kinks – “Acute Schizophrenia Blues”
Link A free song you can listen to about the psychiatric drug Adderall
There is a song here that is critical of Adderall, which is a psychiatric drug often prescribed to young people diagnosed as having an "Attention Deficit Disorder." Adderall is composed of Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamine. Click on this link, then go to music, then find the "Adderall Song."
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Ted Chabasinski

Ted received electroshock at the age of six, and spent 10 years of his youth locked up inside a state psychiatric institution. He became a psychiatric survivor movement leader in 1971, and later became an attorney. He has served on the board of MindFreedom International for several years. (Photo by Tom Olin)
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