Sunday, 17 February 2013

Rock n Roll Suicide and other ways of dying

Been spending a nice 10 minutes enjoying the Wikipedia list of rock and roll deaths.  As we would expect getting shot and taking lots of drugs features quite highly. But what also stood out was how dodgy flying must have been in 50/60's America. Ok the stats are skewed by Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and Big Bopper being downed as a job lot, but this was not an isolated incident.

In terms of quality the period 80/81 is probably the worst/best seeing Ian Curtis, John Lennon and Bob Marley taking an early bath. Toss in John Bonham, Bill Haley and Bon Scott clearly a lot of guys were being inspired by Elvis.

The most downbeat end to a wild life must be Nico. She met her end due to a head trauma caused by a cycling accident. Ok, not wearing a helmet is not a smart move but probably not the most reckless thing Warhol's starlet ever did.