Published on Sep 1, 2016

Bert McCracken, lead singer and songwriter of The Used, talks to us about losing his first love to a drug overdose and how it lead to depression, self-medicating, having suicidal thoughts, and how writing music was, and continues to be, therapeutic for him.

Interview conducted by Joseph Penola | Videography by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Edited by Pawl Bazile | Music by John Penola


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