Which is necessary, since there is still stigma surrounding MS in the international music community. The late Ronnie Lane of the (Small) Faces was said to have masked his physical symptoms in the late '70s with alcohol. The O'Jays' Walter Williams opened up to the public last year after nearly 30 years of privately suffering in the spotlight — literally, since MS is a disease whose symptoms are particularly active in high temperatures. Last year, the world lost long-time sufferer Captain Beefheart, and last week the Phoenix interviewed Will Hart of Olivia Tremor Control, also rocking with MS. Awareness is up, but it could be higher.

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