Small Group Conflict: Brian Jones Variations

Thinking about how so many musical groups collapse amidst enmity. Or maybe not collapse, but continue with embittered exits. How Brian Jones, who founded the Rolling Stones, ended up losing his own group to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and then subject to a forced exit. The breakup of the Beatles. Lynyrd Skynyrd, by contrast, stayed together, amidst fierce direct confrontation among group members, including physical assaults. How so many artists are quick to insult each other in interviews, but don’t address agreements directly. Richie Sambora leaving Bon Jovi, a band that he co-founded, in the middle of a major tour. Happens more often than one might suspect.

Direct conflict is not generally welcomed. Sometimes, such conflicts can be avoided simply because everyone is too busy. Find that in many law practices, no time for fighting over much of anything, or holding grudges. Too much happening every day. Negatives and prima donna behaviours unacceptable, because of potential to impede economic progress. One would think that the same dynamics would occur with musical groups, since so much is at stake economically, and the demands of touring and recording leave little time for negatives to fester.

Wrong, wrong. Lots of down time. Lots of time to complain about others, to others, but not directly to resolve conflict among group members. Rolling Stones group dynamics repeated, over and over.

Seems to be lessons from artistic breakups that are applicable to groups generally. Topic of study, academically, religiously and otherwise. Major theme being that variation on Lynyrd Skynyrd direct conflict expression, and resolution, is to be preferred. Problem is that few people are willing to say to another “I don’t like when you do this”. Too much third party complaint, with attendant enhancement of mistrust and resentment. Major small group cancers.


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