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This Is What Rock 'n Roll Icons Would Look Like If They Were Still Alive

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This Is What Rock 'n Roll Icons Would Look Like If They Were Still Alive

What would our favourite icons of the rock n' roll era look like if they hadn't died so young?

Sachs Media Group teamed up with photo restoration and manipulation company Phojoe to show us how the stars would have aged.

Going by the title Rock 'n Roll Heaven, this series was created as "a heartfelt tribute to the memory of beloved artists who helped shape generations of music fans, in order to keep their memory alive for future generations".

You'll spot everyone from Kurt Cobain to Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, and Elvis Presley.

What might some of the rock 'n' roll era's greatest stars have achieved and what might they look like now, if they had not died before their time?


1. Elvis Presley

The King of Rock passed away on August 16, 1977, aged 42. The singer, songwriter, and actor is one of the most iconic symbols of pop culture. If he was alive today, he’d be 82.


2. Jimi Hendrix

The great instrumentalist passed away on September 18, 1970, aged 27. Hendrix was the best guitarist of his generation. His influence can be seen, heard and felt in pop music today. He’d be 75 years old today.


3. Kurt Cobain

Nirvana’s frontman passed away on April 5, 1994, aged 27. The troubled young performer and his band rose to fame in the 90s during the heyday of grunge music. He’d be 50 years old today.


4. Janis Joplin

She passed away on October 4, 1970, aged 27. Janis’ powerful blues-inspired voice is one of the most recognizable of the 1960s. She’d be 74 years old today.


5. Jim Morrison

The lead singer of The Doors passed away on July 3, 1971, aged 27. After his antics-filled career with The Doors, he moved to Paris to write poetry, where he died of heart failure. He’d be 74 years old today.


6. John Lennon

He passed away on December 8, 1980, at the age of 40. Known as one of the most influential Beatles, Lennon’s murder shook the world to its core and ended an era in music. He would be 77 years old today.


7. Bob Marley

The Jamaican singer/songwriter passed away on May 11, 1981, aged 36. His songs blending reggae, ska and rocksteady are still loved and listened to today. He would be 72 years old today.


8. Karen Carpenter

The drummer and singer of the duo The Carpenters passed away on February 4, 1983, aged 32. Her passing due to anorexia nervosa brought widespread awareness to eating disorders. She would be 67 years old today.


9. Keith Moon

The English drummer and member of The Who passed away on September 7, 1978, aged 32. He would be 71 years old today.


10. Dennis Wilson

The co-founder and member of the Beach Boys passed away on December 28, 1983, aged 39. He was the band’s only surfer who exemplified the dream California life. He would be 73 years old today.


11. Bobby Darin

The singer, songwriter, and actor passed away on December 20, 1973, aged 37. He’s credited with iconic songs like Splish Splash, Mack the Knife, Dream Lover and Beyond The Sea. He would be 81 years old today.


12. Cass Elliot (Mama Cass)

The singer, actress, and member of The Mamas and The Papas passed away on July 29, 1974, aged 32. She would be 76 years old today.


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