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.)
, 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