Dying Rock Stars' Famous Last Words
From the profound
to the prosaic, a recent book reveals the last words of dying rock
stars. Priya Elan rounds up some of the most memorable.
achievements accrued during their life, the profundity of someone's
last spoken words is not guaranteed. The final utterances of Nostradamus
("Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here." Well, duh!) and
Winston Churchill ("I'm bored with it all") both lack
the gravitas for which they were known. For a lucky few, however,
their final words become an apt summation of their personalities
(Steve Jobs: "Oh, wow. Oh, wow. Oh, wow"; Oscar Wilde:
"Either that wallpaper goes, or I do"; Archimedes: "Don't
disturb my circles!").
There is an
expectation that rock stars, many of whom have spent their lives
penning couplets that eloquently describe the wealth of human experience,
will expel a nugget of wise poeticism in their final breaths. But,
as Jeremy Simmonds writes in the recently reissued Encyclopedia
of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns and Ham Sandwiches: "When
the final moment does arrive, even the most articulate can struggle
to find the right words."
Dr Linda Blair believes circumstance is a dictating factor in how
deep and meaningful one gets. "It's about whether you know
you're going to go or not. If you do, your last words are more likely
to impart something with perspective and serenity. If you don't,
they are more likely to be a random snapshot of where you are at
that moment and time."
So while George
Harrison, Bob Marley and Kurt Cobain may have left us with something
atypically thoughtful, others, such as Adam Faith and Amy Winehouse,
were less inspired.
"I'm goin' to heaven! I'm comin' home."
(on Twitter): "Oinka Oinka Oinka why you awake."
(Chicago guitarist who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound):
"Don't worry it's not loaded, see?"
Jackson: "I'd like to have some milk. Please, please give
me some more."
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