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article imageWhat would 12 dead rock stars look like today?

By Gene Kosowan     Nov 26, 2013 in Entertainment
Photo manipulation of such music movers and shakers as Elvis Presley and John Lennon reveal startling images of how they would appear if they were still alive.
Alternative news site Verbicide revealed on Thursday digitally-altered likenesses of 12 musicians who burned out rather than faded away.
The result of a joint endeavour between Sachs Media Group and image restorers Phojoe, the partners called it an homage to recording artists who helped change the way most people listen to music.
"It is a heartfelt tribute to the memory of beloved artists who helped shape generations of music fans, in order to keep their memory alive for future generations," said Sachs Media Group on its website.
Also included in the speculative venture were updated likenesses of Kurt Cobain, Dennis Wilson, Karen Carpenter, Bob Marley, Keith Moon, "Mama" Cass Elliot, Bobby Darin, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. What's surprising about these images is how deceptively ordinary these celebrities look.
Stripped of any epidermal traces of the excesses that killed most of them and replacing those scars with what the aging process might have done, several of them wouldn't look out of place living in your neighbourhood. Presley resembles a retired truck driver, Carpenter comes across as a middle-aged receptionist, while Hendrix and Morrison almost look like university professors. Mind you, their blazers also create that notion.
The project parallels an early speculative rendering made by Ebony Magazine back in 1985, when the publication wondered what Michael Jackson would have looked like in 2000. As it turns out their projections were way off.
The doctored results are available as a gallery or slideshow.
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