Posted on 28 August 2009.
Many well-known rock stars have died at a young age. Research undertaken in the UK indicated that there were 100 deaths of famous rock stars between 1956 and 2005. Lives of over 1000 rock stars were examined in the study. 25% of these 100 people died owing to drug abuse and alcohol. Some famous rock stars that died young include:
1. Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was a white southerner who is also credited as being the first real rock and roll star. The hip swiveling sexuality that accompanied his music made him an instant teen idol and a role model for the younger generation. He was considered a bad influence and was also dismissed as being incompetent and vulgar. He died on 16, August, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 42.
His is the only rock star ever to enjoy prolonged success on the big screen. Elvis Presley was a phenomenon the likes of whom will never be seen again unless you are a conspiracy theorist. His impact remains incalculable, and it could easily be argued that no figure of the postwar era could have had such greater, far-reaching influence on popular culture. It is fashionable to criticize his 31 feature films,. However, his greater influence on rock & roll in film — not only as a subject matter but also as an essential component of soundtracks and scores — seems unbelievable had Presley not first made the music both commercially viable and culturally palatable. His movies were made and marketed solely for his fans, and they responded in droves.
2. Sid Vicious
An English musician, Sid Vicious was best known for the bassist of the punk group “Sex Pistols”. He died at the age of 21 owing to heroin overdose on February 2, 1979.
The Sex Pistols was created in 1975. One of the leading forces in punk music, the band played fast-paced short songs, expressing angst and frustration some of social and political issues at that time. Unlike music acts from previous generations, the group had no interest in producing hit records or pleasing anyone, except themselves Even before Vicious joined, the Sex Pistols were known for causing quite a stir. During a live television interview in 1976, they spewed so many profanities that had them dropped by their own record company.
Vicious was on board, however, for some of the group’s biggest sensations. On the single “God Save the Queen,” singer John Rotten (the stage name of John Lyndon) insulted Queen Elizabeth II, saying that she “ain’t no human being” and had a “fascist regime.” This upset Britons, especially since 1977 was the Queen’s Jubilee to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 25 years as the reigning monarch. As a result, the band was physically attacked several times and unable to find places to play in the United Kingdom.
Still The Sex Pistols managed to sell a lot of records, especially considering the single was banned and many retailers refused to sell the resulting album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. There was no denying that they struck a chord with punk music fans.
3. Jerry Garcia
Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia was an American musician. He became popular for his work with the brand the Grateful dead. Garcia was considered to be the “spokesman” of the group. He died on August 9, 1995 at the age of 53 of a heart attack after recuperation from a drug addiction.
I would say that Jerry’s impact on mankind is quite broad and his influence on my music is much more significant than he is ever given credit for. Not only the music of which his guitar phrasing is hard for us to avoid in our own heads. Or in his vocal style that has absorbed into our minds forever until we die. The vulnerability in his voice made people connect with him and understood him, and that they were on the same trip, although they never met.
4. Johnny Ramone
John William Cummings popularly known as Johnny Ramone was a leading guitarist for the rock punk group “The Ramones”. He was a founding member of the band and was a part of it all through his career. He died in Los Angeles on September 15, 2004 at the age of 55 after battling with prostate cancer.
5. Carl Wilson
An American rock and roll star, Carl Dean Wilson was well known as a lead guitarist of “The Beach Boys”. In 1988, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On February 6, 1998 he died at the age of 51.