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Ian Peel is heading up an incredible organisation which helps roadies suffering from mental illness

Roadies are hardly the most celebrated part of the music industry, but boy should they be. Surrounded by the rock and roll lifestyle but not in the limelight and given every physical job under the sun, they have to be on task, part of a team and working every minute of the day. Ian Peel was a roadie for a number of years in the 1970s and 1980s and the community he built around himself has become a support network for navigating his time after being on the road for so long.

Ian PeelIan Peel is the executive for the Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA) which is a non for profit organisation which supports roadies and their experience with mental illness through their careers

Having worked with the likes of Olivia Newton John, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan Peel has said of his experience “Many of us did it tough…We never got paid much; we had no super or benefits. Touring also took a fee on families and relationships. The guys would come home and their whole universe had depressed apart.”

To learn more about Ian and ARCA head to his profile.

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