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Not Fade Away: Rockers Lost Before Their Time

Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, John Lennon and more
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Jimi Hendrix

September 18th 1970. Kensington, London England. Asphyxiated on his own vomit after mixing wine with sleeping pill

But if Hendrix was a brash dresser, if his stage act was pure mayhem, he also had a distinct ambivalence toward being a rock and roll star. Onstage, he was what every mother feared when she expressed doubts about rock and roll's effect on her daughter. Offstage, he remained the same quiet, boyish, seemingly vulnerable Jimi Hendrix as always.

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