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Old 08-22-2008, 07:31 AM
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Default Which Dead Rock Icon would have the most impact on music today?

Here are your choices:

1. Elvis Presley

2. Jimi Hendrix

3. Jim Morrison

4. Kurt Cobain
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:39 AM
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four or two i would think would have the most impact
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Wow, when I saw the thread title, I immediately thought of 3 of the 4 on the list. Problem with Cobain is that the Grunge style went out in the mid-90s. Not that I ever listened to it anyway. Morrison I didn't think of. No arguing his writing and vocal talents, but drunk performers onstage are a dime a dozen these days. I think either of the first 2 would have the ability to change the direction of music in this day and age.
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Here are your choices:

1. Elvis Presley

2. Jimi Hendrix

3. Jim Morrison

4. Kurt Cobain
Yo! Make a poll! Definitely Elvis, 'cause what would sappy star magazines have to offer without "Dead Elvis" sightings? Okay, they would still have "20 ideas for better sex" but that'd be about it!

okay, for impact on music, I would have to say Hendrix.
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Presley had exerted all the influence he was going to by 1975.

Morrison wouldn't have cared enough to hang around.

Cobain would probably have branched out from grunge - wasn't he starting to work with Michael Stipe before he died?

But Jimi.... if he had continued to develop as a guitarist, he could have rocked the world.
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Hmmm, Morrison might have an impact on songwriting in today's market, which is somewhat of a lost art at his level. But for the same reason, I'm not sure he would fit well enough in today's market to have a huge impact. Maybe he'd take up rap/hip-hop?

I'd have to agree that Elvis stopped having an impact a while before he died, so I can't imagine him affecting today's music significantly.

I'd go with Hendrix too, since his mad skills could be adapted to any of of several current genres (metal, alternative, etc.) and his unique talent would produce startling results.
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I don't think any of these guys would have much of an impact on today's music. If I had to say one, than would go with Cobain since he was more recent. Grunge may have stuck around around longer if he had not died when he did. Or grunge may have morphed into a different musical type and cobain would still be selling new albums?

I think all four definetely influenced music in general, but Cobain stood a REAL chance to still be part of the music world today.
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You mean if they were around today? i don't think any of them would be given a break today.

They were important steps in the evolution of music but unlike other forms of art their work is not timeless for it's intrinsic value but for the the vital role it played at the time it did.

So we look back with fondness but without a frame of reference they wouldn't make American Idol.
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Here are your choices:

1. Elvis Presley

2. Jimi Hendrix

3. Jim Morrison

4. Kurt Cobain

1. Elvis Presley was more influenced, than influencial.

2. Jimi Hendrix probably the only real innovator of the four. Plus, I'd love to know his thoughts (were he alive today) on Guitar Hero.

3. Jim Morrison, probably could care less.

4. Kurt Cobain, actually did care less.
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