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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Current Resident, Sep 18, 2020.
We're all better looking when we're young. Even Tasmanian Devils are kind of cute when they're babies. And men tend to age a little better than women, or maybe the standards are lower for men. Janis Joplin was no great beauty even in her prime but she wouln't be much to look at today if she were still alive in her 70's.
We tend to glamorize rock stars but they're just musicians and what's important is the music they make and the body of work they've created and not how cool they look.
Some of them have a longer prime than others. Another 60's musician who I really liked was Sylvester stone of Sly and the family stone. His was a huge burst of creativity that only lasted a few years.
"Yeah, I know I missed a verse, don't worry...." -The coolest vocalization ever recorded!
"And so castles made of sand slips into the sea......eventually."
Thanks, I'll look it up. I've read quite a bit about the events after his death, it is pretty entertaining. I've never been to Joshua Tree NP, need to go.
He was a tragic figure, in the end just a drug addict whose habit did him in.
He was that early hybrid country/rock/blues guy that people could not quite figure out. The classic country artists wanted nothing to do with him because of the drugs, though he did have some memorable duets with Emmylou Harris.
That country/rock/blues mingling is some of my favorite music, ala early Stones (Graham was Keith Richards friend), CCR and later the Eagles.
He had some more good music in him but we will never hear it sadly.
Never got tired of Band of Gypsys
I like when buddy miles finishes doing "Them Changes" someone in the audience yells out, "Do YOUR thing now!" to Hendrix.
I've seen where enough rock (and country) stars take the music when they get old that I don't feel so bad about them dying young anymore. Like Neil Young said, "it's better to burn out than it is to rust." He said that about the time he started rusting.
Hendrix, Morrison, Moon, Van Zant, Allman, SRV, Joplin - better to remember them in their prime than as "old Elvis."
Very clear footage of a Hawaiian concert from mid-1970.
I remember reading (many years ago) that after Rolling Stone magazine had given Hendrix some kind of award, declaring him the "best guitarist" or something similar, and a reporter asked him how it felt to be the most talented/innovative guitarist of the era, he said: "I have no idea ... you would have to ask Rory Gallagher."
I always thought that made him pretty damn cool ...
IIRC he said similar things about Clarence White and Terry Kath.
A natural born blues singer.
The single musician I follow right now that I feel is better than when I was a kid is David Gilmour.
He also played on a Stephen Stills song.