After a nearly seven year break, this piece marks the return of my "Rock & Roll Heaven" series, which began nine years ago. It was originally intended to be a week-long mini-series of articles. That first week included pieces on Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Michael Hutchence, and Jim Morrison. However, I also offered that … Continue reading Rock & Roll Heaven: Chris Cornell
The late John Bonham was the drummer for Led Zeppelin Sometime on September 23rd, 1980, John Bonham began to drink. This was not an unusual event in Bonham's life. He was a big drinker. But the binge that he was about to undertake was a big one even by his standards. Over the next … Continue reading Rock & Roll Heaven: John Bonham
Karen Carpenter at the White House in 1972 (Photo: Robert L. Knudsen via Wiki Commons) On February 4th, 1983, one of the most beautiful voices in the history of modern popular music was silenced forever when Karen Carpenter was rushed to a California hospital and pronounced dead. She was only a month shy of … Continue reading Rock & Roll Heaven: Karen Carpenter
This past week I've brought you a series of mini-bios on rock stars who died young: 60's & 70's hippie icons Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison; 80's MTV generation star Michael Hutchence; 90's grunge-rock star Kurt Cobain. Each of these young people died at those youthful stages of their lives thanks to conditions … Continue reading Rock & Roll Heaven, or Gone to Hell?
The tragic, untimely loss of young superstar talent in the rock-n-roll world has often been associated with the hippie-era, flower child period of the late 1960's and early 1970's. But the passing years have shown that it is not times that are to blame, but the choices these individuals made within a culture and lifestyle … Continue reading Rock & Roll Heaven: Kurt Cobain