Joseph A. Peragine
“My name is Joseph A. Peragine and I am a paranoid schizophrenic. On October 22, 2000, I tried to kill myself in a severely hallucinogenic state due to undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenia. I was suffering from this illness for many years leading up to that day. Every October since I started my recovery in 2000, I reflect on my life and am extremely thankful that I was fortunate enough to have been given a second chance. Every October, I especially make it a priority to tell my family and loved ones, how much I love them. Every October, I take the time aside to appreciate the smallest of things, such as breathing, eating a home cooked meal, being able to brush my teeth without a security guard supervising me, being able to carry a two minute conversation (that was a huge goal of mine at one time), being able to pick up the phone or drive somewhere to connect with the people I care about. These are the tiny things that all of us take for granted, as we get lost in the rat race of life. Every October I especially appreciate these little things. And most importantly, every October, I promise myself that I WILL make a difference in the world through my living example of beating the odds and conquering this severe mental illness. I was not given this time to neglect my life again. Every second counts! So I make it a point to make it count!” –(Joseph A. Peragine)
-Darkness and mental illness have always found a warm home in music, poetry and the stage. To say that madness breeds brilliance is an understatement when it comes to the work of acclaimed musician and poet Joseph A. Peragine. -(Edie of Dig This Real Magazine)
-Joseph A. Peragine plays music with a passion that could only be born of serious pain and many somber days spent sitting deep in somnambulist thought. -(Bob Freville of Kotori Magazine)
Joseph A. Peragine (pronounced pair-ah-genie) is an unsigned, independent, multi-genre, solo artist/author who writes his material in efforts to cope with his clinically diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia. Approximately 1% of Americans are diagnosed with this severe mental illness and the overall recovery rate is very low. Under 14% of schizophrenics can maintain a full recovery for longer than two years.
Joseph leads a very private life, having been in recovery for nearly 15 years. Every so often he will come out of his seclusion of hallucinogenic creative insanity, to release his epic musical compositions of technical, poetic, somber and sonic individuality. The overall mystique behind his identity is intriguing. Those who have experienced Joseph's material have labeled him as a modern-day idiot savant. Joseph has a large body of work including an autobiographical audio book and over 100 musical compositions spanning multiple genres.
Joseph's existence is only possible through a strict regimen of anti psychotic medications, counseling and daily routine. Although Joseph's strict wellness plan and health care needs do not provide him with the means and permitting schedule to tour, it is his great hope and dream to find his niche by becoming a member of the popular music community. Joseph has a lifelong aspiration combined with a solid work ethic to make it still possible to spread his works to the world by every other outlet necessary.