10 Dazzling Designs Featuring Dead Musicians

Despite the successes of so many talented artists, the world of popular music is rife with tragic tales: here’s a look at great designs of some of our favorite musicians past. 

Those musicians who died far too young, leaving a legacy of great music and unfulfilled wonder at what works were left undone.

Such celebrity personalities, their music, and the stories behind their music, have inspired countless artists to commemorate dead musicians with their own stunning creations. The following 10 dazzling designs featuring musicians past will make perfect posters for your own commemorative collection.

Jimi Hendrix by bobbyzeik

Jimi Hendrix was 27 at the time of his 1970 death in London, the cause of which remains cause for controversy.

Burton by RRLegends

Metallica bassist, Cliff Burton, died in a bus crash in Sweden in 1986. He was 24.

Buddy Holly by paulorocker

Buddy Holly died along with Richie Valens and the Big Bopper when their plane crashed in 1959. Holly was 22, Valens was 17, and the Big Bopper was 28.

Robert Johnson by dugodenarango

Robert Johnson died at the age of 27 in 1938. As the story goes, the blues master got his legendary skills by making a deal with the devil at a Mississippi crossroads; some believe he was poisoned.

Kurt Cobain by ketology

The Nirvana lead man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1994. He was 27.

Otis Redding by by facewhisperer

Having recently recorded “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” Redding died in a plane crash at the age of 26 in 1967.

My Homage to Jim Morrisson by Keks83

The Doors frontman died in Paris in 1971 at the age of 27.  No autopsy was performed, shrouding his death in mystery, though many believe Morrison died of an accidental heroin overdose.

Slovak by sircharles84

Hillel Slovak was the lead guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers until his untimely death of a drug overdose in 1988. He was 26.

Eddie Cochran Rockabilly by Gecko73

In 1960 it looked like Eddie Cochran was set for stardom after his rendition of “Summertime Blues” hit the radio waves.  Sadly, he died at the age of 21 in a taxi accident.

Janis Joplin by zizi529

Heroin was the culprit behind Janis Joplin’s 1970 death at the age of 27.