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Glen Hansard on finding fame in The Commitments and Once

When he left school to busk at 13, all Glen Hansard wanted was to make a living. By the time he was 30, his musical talent had brought him wealth and fame, depression and tragedy. Here, the Irish musician reveals how a rock'n'roll friendship got him back on an even keel - and what he did when family members came looking for cash...