Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, Bob Marley, Janis Joplin and a handful of other rock legends are forever set in our minds as young people taken before their time. If they had lived, the first question for many is what else they would have accomplished. The second question is just what they would look like…
The Sachs Media Group’s fascinating project didn’t end with speculation about what the musicians would look like today: They also consulted with musicologists Dr. Reebee Garofalo and Elijah Wald about the projects the musicians would have pursued. Elvis, for example, “Might have branched out. Like his old Sun labelmate Johnny Cash, he might have put himself in the hands of young rock producers and revisited his blues and country roots, making stripped-down albums that would have won him a new following of young hipsters. Given his command of older pop styles, he would also have been an obvious first choice for the Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett superstar duet projects.”
Check out the rest of the predictions on Sachs’ Rock & Roll Heaven page!