Well written Jerry. From the ages of 18 to 21 I saw many folk acts at the Riverboat Club in Toronto. I remember some brilliant and emotionally invigorating performances....but oh lordy, some evenings were simply pathetic! Big name people who came on stage so drunk or stoned that it was really painful to watch. Even then, I was simply to 'square' to understand how someone could hate their profession that badly.
I also failed to understand (as I do today) how someone who has totally embarrassed themself onstage warrants applause and hero worship.......but they got it.