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I think there are many musicians who wouldn't be nearly as loved or popular if there hadn't been a story to tell about them. Some examples:

Kurt Cobain - I'm not saying he's bad at all, but I don't think he would be as popular hadn't it been for the suicide, and the deep and emotional feeling of his music associated to him afterwards.

Ludwig Van Beethoven - I love his music, and I truly believe he is one of the greatest composers of all time, yet it seems like I hear his name more than any composer just a prolific, if not moreso than him, such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms and other giants of the classical era. The story of him with tinnutis gave him a popularity boost.

Jim Morrison - Honestly, I like the Doors, but Jim Morrison is made out to be one of the greatest songwriters in Rock music, but in my opinion, he isn't even the greatest in The Doors. His lyrics/poetry are often associated with a high complexity and meaning we cannot understand, yet I personal believe lots of it is just rubbish. Robby Krieger, I believe, was a superior songwriter. And Jim Morrison's behavior and death certainly gave him the popularity boost this thread is referring to.
#2
Pretty much any famous musician
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#3
Dimebag, if that fucker didn't die most people still wouldnt know about him
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Dimebag, if that fucker didn't die most people still wouldnt know about him

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if paul gilbert didn't shred so hard, no one would know about him!
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Dimebag, if that fucker didn't die most people still wouldnt know about him



Your an ass. He is just plain good, I started to listen to Pantera and i loved his work. I realized after that he had died. Asshole.
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metallica if it werent for thier many misadventures
love em tho
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Tom delonge wouldnt be famous if they werent compared to green day so much, or if he didnt suck so much at guitar.
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Dimebag, if that fucker didn't die most people still wouldnt know about him

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#15
I'm still trying to figure out what stevie ray vaugh actually did...
I heard a million covers...
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It's about ****ing time someone agreed with me about Jim Morrison..

Anyway: Syd Barrett. He went Crazy, and that's the only reason anyone really still cares.. Not saying that his music wasn't badass, as I'm a big fan. I'm just saying that's really one of the only reasons he's still so popular.

I get the same feeling about Frank Zappa, he was badass as hell, my favorite musician of all time, but I doubt anyone would really care about him if it wasn't for the weirdness involved with him. That's really all I hear about when I mention his name.. That or "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow." It really gets annoying, because they don't talk about him in the way he deserves, they talk about him being a comedian or something.
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I'm still trying to figure out what stevie ray vaugh actually did...
I heard a million covers...


have you ever heard any of his music???? THATS WHAT HE DID
plus he died in a helicpter crash after a show with clapton
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#21
Sparta/At The Drive-In.. If people didn't know these two bands had some kind of connection to the afros of Cedric and Omar, no one would care.
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#22
buckethead without his bucket? damn hes amazing though
What are you... some stalker?
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#24
Dime, without a doubt. Good guitarist, but overrated.

Anthony Keidis, and infact most of the chili peppers, had pretty fucked up childhoods, if he hadnt had that we wouldnt have the RHCP we have today.
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#25
segovia- I think he wouldn't be know if it wasn't for the fact that he was kinda of a dick. I don't really like him. and your video reminded me about him. very good job by the way. how long have you been playing?
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Kurt Cobain - I'm not saying he's bad at all, but I don't think he would be as popular hadn't it been for the suicide, and the deep and emotional feeling of his music associated to him afterwards.


Kurt Cobain is one of the most overrated musicians ever imo. And, Dimebag. He's good, yeah, but nothing too special imo. Yeah, it's tragic that he got his face blown off, and it sucks, but I think it had a lot to do with it.

And most pop-punk bands like Green Day, Blink-182, etc. I mean, the guys from Blink-182 have their own signature guitars, and they both have like, 1 pick-up, and do nothing special in their playing. What a load.
#27
Ummm.. Slipknot, their masks.. Nuff said..

Same with Gwar.
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. His lyrics/poetry are often associated with a high complexity and meaning we cannot understand, yet I personal believe lots of it is just rubbish. .


DING DING.

WE HAVE WINNAR.

Most of his 'poetry' is a load of drugged up and irrelevant balls.
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#29
OH! Marilyn Manson.. We all know why..
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#33
Sid Vicious. Pretty much any musician who died young, before they had enough of a chance to be overexposed.
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