Rock and Roll Therapist at the Mothership in Woodstock 2017


Tell it to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Therapist and he will sing a song on the spot, and it will be healed.

This is the claim of Paul McMahon, who guarantees his 100% cure rate. If he sings a song about your problem, it will be healed. It’s only a question of time. The cure is absolute, but time is relative. Most cures are instantaneous, but in rare cases it may take longer. If the complaint persists for more than seven lifetimes, McMahon will take it as his own personal problem.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Therapist’s radio Debut was in 1986 on Lynn Samuels’ show on WBAI in New York City. Soon after he was he was a regular guest on WFMU, on Bill Burger’s ‘The Hip Bone,’ solving the problems of particularly twisted listeners of that particularly twisted show. In 1989, he became a regular on KTV, the children’s show on the fledging CNBC network. This stint lasted a year and a half. Prior to CNBC, he billed himself as the Rock ‘n’ Rock Psychiatrist, but CNBC’s lawyers changed it to ‘Therapist,’ perhaps to steer clear of a potential lawsuit from the American Psychiatric Association. Pretty weird, eh? That’s showbiz. In 1990, he moved upcountry to Woodstock where he has been heard frequently ever since on Conversations and the Round Table with Doug Grunther on WDST, Woodstock’s alternative rock station.

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For about a year and a half McMahon was a regular on KTV, a kids show on Sunday Mornings on fledgling CNBC 1989-90

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The ROCK’N’ROLL THERAPIST makes up songs about problems audience members are having. So far they have all been successfully treated, so don’t give him a problem you don’t want to lose.


Paul has performed the act live all over the US and Canada and in Europe since it popped into his head in 1980. In 1994 he was invited to Hamburg, Germany to participate in a New Age Seminar directed by popular author and psychic healer, Peter Voss.
Voss, who ran across the Rock ‘n’ Roll Therapist playing in a Cafe in Woodstock believed McMahon is channeling as he sings. McMahon is not sure exactly what that means, but there is no denying that there is a mysterious healing effect within the entertainment. Often just the willingness to air a problem in public where it is treated with lightness and a sense of fun may be enough the create a shift that allows the person to let go of it or vice versa. But sometimes the cures verge on the magical, like the case of a woman who needed a lot of money to visit a friend in Europe. Within a week, she won more than enough in a sweepstakes she had entered. McMahon doesn’t take credit for it, and the woman didn’t think his ‘cure’ had anything to do with it either, but who really knows?
From a musical family, Paul has been playing guitar and singing all of his life, which may account for some of his ease in instant songwriting. Not only was his father a pretty darn good folksinger, he was also a psychiatrist, which may account for McMahon’s more than passing interest in matters of the psyche. He has also dabbled in various alternative healing modalities, including aspects of Native American shamanism.

Children like the Rock’n’Roll Therapist because he is one of them most of the time. He sometimes performs at kids’ birthday parties, but not if they’re mean.

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