Pinner Fan wrote:
In spite of "the myth", "the legend", the doomed Byronian character, and all the other things attributed to our man there is one main thing that holds up after 40+ years .......... this is the reason he is still listened to, records bought, held in high esteem, highly influential, etc, etc.
It's the music !!!
At times I tend to think many forget this ....................
As bad as I hate to say this, it could be that death was his best career move. It's plain he was never going to be able to put up with the rigors of touring, etc.
Had he been born in the right time for it
, I maintain that YouTube would have been great for him - would've allowed him to give the level of access he was comfortable with and be in complete control of it, and I have no doubt he would have gotten the adulation that he evidently wanted. And maybe we'd have gotten some more music out of him (since, I agree, that's where it begins and ends). But he was never going to be able to survive until the digital age, and even if he had, who knows what the intervening years would have done to him.
We'll never know, and that's probably best. Some things aren't meant to last.