Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Allen McPhail - Life is a Joke
"I have worked hard to make good for eight years, but I have failed. Life is a joke," read the suicide note-cum-epitah penned by the 28-year-old musician on October 22, 1909. A violinist at the Orpheum Theatre in Butte, Montana, McPhail played scores of theatres in the East prior to heading West to try to win a soloist position. Failing, the frustrated musician cut the arteries of one wrist and hanged himself from the bedpost in his room at the Hotel Fair in Butte.