Poll: who started this rock & roll myth?
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Hank Williams
3 2%
Robert Johnson
25 17%
When Buddy Holly & Ritchie Valens died in the plane crash
12 8%
Eddie Cochran
0 0%
27 Club (Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Jones)
57 39%
Other
6 4%
Live Fast, die young; it's the rock & roll way
25 17%
Dying Young is a bunch of bollocks. it shouldn't increase anyone's legend
18 12%
Voters: 146.
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#1
its pretty much established that dying young in rock increases your legend by about 10x, but who was the one that got this tradition going?
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#4
Myth?
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#5
Jesus Christ.

Because dying young in while in any prominent or famous position increases your legend by about 10x.

EDIT: Holy shit I can't believe someone actually beat me to that.
#6
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I always thought it was Jesus.


King Tut was way more of a rockstar than Jesus, and he died younger.
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#7
It started with the release of this album:




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#8
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#11
Pretty sure it's Hendrix.
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#13
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King Tut was way more of a rockstar than Jesus, and he died younger.

He doesn't exactly have a legend's following, though.
#14
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He doesn't exactly have a legend's following, though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgTPH5y1-ZI

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#15
The myth started at rock & roll itself. Once you sell your soul to Rock & roll you're bound to live hard and die soon.
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#20
Dying at your prime so nobody remembers a decline.
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#21
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Wasn't Robert Johnson the "sell your soul to the devil myth" dude?


Yes, he's a 1930's acoustic blues guitarist (and a slave) who's guitar skills were so impressive that people believed he sold his soul for his skill. He's one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time, he did it in less than 10 years.
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#22
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Wasn't Robert Johnson the "sell your soul to the devil myth" dude?


that is him, though people had said the same of many people before him, such as Paganini.
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#23
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Yes, he's a 1930's acoustic blues guitarist (and a slave) who's guitar skills were so impressive that people believed he sold his soul for his skill. He's one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time, he did it in less than 10 years.

Because everybody know negroes never do any hard work, and therefore can't earn anything, like guitar skills. He must have sold his soul to the devil.
#24
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Yes, he's a 1930's acoustic blues guitarist (and a slave) who's guitar skills were so impressive that people believed he sold his soul for his skill. He's one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time, he did it in less than 10 years.

I know who he is, I just didn't think he'd have more than one myth attached to him.
#25
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I know who he is, I just didn't think he'd have more than one myth attached to him.


I actually enjoy his music. Eric Clapton did a whole album of covers.
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#27
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Because everybody know negroes never do any hard work, and therefore can't earn anything, like guitar skills. He must have sold his soul to the devil.

That isn't why people think it. It was Son House (another great blues musician) who started the rumour really because Robert Johnson was a friend of his but he was very bad at playing the guitar, then he dissapeared for a few years and came back and had improved immensely, after this the 'sold his soul at the crossroads' thing got started, although Robert Johnson wasn't the first to use that myth, it was around long before him and another blues player called Tommy Johnson who was around before Robert had the same thing said about him to 'selling your soul at the crossroads' and such.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Johnson_(blues_musician)

It's worth remembering too that this was a highly religious community and the blues was thought of for a long time as the devils music. John Lee Hookers stepfather would refuse to let him play the guitar when he was young for instance for this very reason.
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#29
Probably Robert Johnson, cuz he did die young and influenced a whole generation of musicians. It may have also been popularized due to "My Generation," since everyone thought of it as rock n' roll and such.

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#32
I'd say Johnson, also 'cause of the devil thing. Then Joplin, Hendrix and Morrison, living hard and dying young because of it, expanded the myth.
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#33
The romantic poets and musicians of the mid 19th century.

Really though, the "rockstars" of that day busted their asses to turn dying young into some myth about being a bad ass artist.
#36
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Yes, he's a 1930's acoustic blues guitarist (and a slave) who's guitar skills were so impressive that people believed he sold his soul for his skill. He's one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time, he did it in less than 10 years.

I thought that was Mashed Potato Johnson.
#37
Sure, there were some young musician deaths in the beginning of the 20th century, but who do you think popularized it? Jazz guys, that's who. No one could do drugs like them. Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker, Charlie Christian, Lester Young, Paul Chambers, Fats Navaro, Dick Twardzik, Bix Beiderbecke, Don Ellis... the list goes on.
#38
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The romantic poets and musicians of the mid 19th century.

Really though, the "rockstars" of that day busted their asses to turn dying young into some myth about being a bad ass artist.


Felix Mendelssohn!
#39


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Sure, there were some young musician deaths in the beginning of the 20th century, but who do you think popularized it? Jazz guys, that's who. No one could do drugs like them. Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker, Charlie Christian, Lester Young, Paul Chambers, Fats Navaro, Dick Twardzik, Bix Beiderbecke, Don Ellis... the list goes on.


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