1970 Circus Magazine – Which Rock Stars Will Survive the ’70s?

Here’s a February 1970 Circus magazine, one of the rock magazines of the time like Creem, and Rolling Stone. It asks the question which seems amazing to us now, “These people are approaching 30- Will they survive the ’70s?” (Really, a professional magazine should know better than to use 70’s instead of ’70s And a few of them are well past 30.)

Johnny Cash, Pete Townsend, Jim Morrison, Paul McCartney, Grace Slick, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Alvin Lee, Ray Davies, John Mayall, Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Jimmy Page, and David Crosby.

Of the 20 pictured here, 4 died before the end of the 1970s: Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Elvis Presley, with one, John Lennon, barely making it out of the ’70s before he was taken from us. So, that’s a quarter of them.

Amazingly, 13 of them are still with us! Though I’d venture to say that some are surprised to still be here themselves. The full 1184×1600 picture can be found here.

3 Responses “1970 Circus Magazine – Which Rock Stars Will Survive the ’70s?”

  1. Bunchie says:

    I’m sure more survived –and are still performing– than anyone could have guessed back then. I always liked Circus. I remember buying an issue with Alice Cooper on the cover when he was first popular. Not only did he survive, but now he lives just an hour or so away from me in Scottsdale. That’s something I could never have imagined then 🙂
    Bunchie´s last blog post ..In Memory of Sylvia Kristel

  2. One never knows where life will take them. I know you’re right about the still performing part, most of these guys were well aware of what happened to the pre-Beatles acts, they disappeared in less than 10 years.

  3. Ripplin says:

    Terrible topic for a magazine, but given the destructive lifestyles that so many of them had, it’s not a surprising one. :/

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