Their images are set in our minds, those rock n roll legends of the past that died far too soon. But a project, commissioned by Sachs Media, gives us a glimpse as to how these icons may look like today, if they had survived. Now we don’t have to imagine what John Lennon might have looked like past his 40th birthday, or how Karen Carpenter may have blossomed into her 30s. The technology, which is used to age pictures of children who have been missing for several years, was used on several celebrities, including Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Bob Marley, Keith Moon, Elvis Presley, Mama Cass Elliot, Kurt Cobain, Dennis Wilson and Bobby Darin.
Sachs Media collaborated with Michigan-based group Phojoe to create the new images, with the CEO of Sachs Media, Ron Sachs stating: “Through this series of images, we hope to honor them and evoke some of the magic they brought to millions of their fans, even as we ponder what wonderful new contributions they still could have made.”
You can view the entire project at Sachs Media, meanwhile, here are our favourites:
Kurt Cobain – (February 20, 1967 – April 8, 1994)
Lead singer/guitarist/songwriter with Nirvana
Died aged: 27
Kurt Cobain was undoubtedly the creator of ‘grunge’ music, with a certain style of dressing and was considered to be the greatest guitarist of the 1990’s. Lead singer of Nirvana, he had hits with songs such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “In Bloom,” “Come As You Are” and “Polly,”. For Cobain however the fame that followed was too much and he shot himself in 1994.
Karen Carpenter – (March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983)
Singer and drummer in the Carpenters
Died aged: 32
Karen Carpenter and her brother Richard formed the Carpenters, and defined a generation with their easy listening style of music from the 1960’s onwards. With hits such as “Close to You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Top of the World,” their combined worldwide sales of albums and singles has exceeded 100 million units. Carpenter suffered from anorexia nervosa however, and died from cardiac arrest at age 32.
Bob Marley – (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981)
Died aged: 36
Bob Marley founded the Wailers with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, and was responsible for some of reggae’s most recogisable songs, such as “Get Up, Stand Up,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Exodus,” “One Love” and “Three Little Birds.” Marley died of cancer in Miami in 1981 at the age of 36, was buried in Jamaica with full state honors and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
John Lennon – (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980)
Singer/songwriter/guitarist in The Beatles
Died aged: 40
John Lennon was half of music’s best song writing duos, sharing the honour with Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney. Together they wrote hits such as “Paperback Writer,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Yesterday,” and “Please Please me.” The Beatles disbanded in 1970, and Lennon went on to have solo hits like “Instant Karma,” “Imagine,” “Mind Games,” “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” and “Woman.” Lennon was shot to death outside his New York apartment in 1980.
Keith Moon – (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978)
Played drums for The Who
Died aged: 32
They say all drummers are mad, and Keith Moon certainly lives up to that stereotype. Nicknamed “Moon the Loon” from trashed hotel rooms, he as also known for his unique drumming style. You can hear his style on The Who’s recordings of “I Can See For Miles,” “Young Man Blues,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Who Are You.” Moon died after overdosing on medicine he was taking to combat alcoholism in 1978 at age 32.
Elvis Presley – (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977)
The Undisputed King of Rock and Roll
Died aged: 42
Elvis Presley, known around the world as the King of Rock and Roll, was originally a truck driver, when producer Sam Phillips discovered him in 1953. His hits included “That’s Alright, Mama,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock” and the title track from his first movie, “Love Me Tender.” Presley died of a heart attack in 1977 when he was 42.