How prevalent is stress among popular musicians? How do popular musicians cope with stress? Pressure Sensitive reports on the first large-scale study on stress conducted among popular musicians in Britain. Concerned both with well-known rock stars and everyday working musicians, this timely volume examines their lifestyles, the sources of stress they experience, and how they cope with the pressures. In addition, it reveals important new findings on substance abuse, and compares stress factors for musicians working in different areas of popular music. Wills and Cooper have produced a unique book that will be of great interest to psychologists, sociologists, communication scholars--as well as musicians themselves.