In a way, dead musicians live forever -- but in other, more important ways, they pretty much don't. Paying festively morbid tribute, Day of the Dead Rock Stars
The DDRS series imprints its hallowed subjects' living essence onto All Saints Day ghouls, the vision of a Houston artist, graphic designer, and rockabilly drummer who became fascinated by Dia de los Muertos as a kid in Lubbock, birthplace of the whole dead rock star craze. Now offered as affordable giclee prints on acid-free all-cotton archival stock, the procession starts with classic departeds, with "El Freddie Mercury" flinging open a Union Jack cape while screaming "Killer!", and a kilted "El Bon Scott" belting "It's a Long Way to the Top If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll", then moves on to everything from punks ("El Joe Strummer" charging forth w/ a Telecaster as he belches a UK flag) to 60s cult icons like Love's "El Arthur Lee", whose proto-punk single "Seven & Seven Is" did for math what "She Blinded Me with Science" did for science. So, not much. DDRS's ranks also include Texas legends (Stevie Ray going soul to soul), lounge kings (a fedora'd Frank Sinatra flying to the moon atop a rocket), R&B legends (Otis Redding on his knees with dreams to remember), even blues harmonicists like Little Walter, born Marion Jacobs, a stage name that blows, or sucks, depending on what note you're hitting
Dead's animator has also started working with the living, via Houston concert posters for the likes of Tom Petty, Imogen Heap, Roky Erickson, and "Weird" Al Yankovic -- who actually might live forever, no matter how hard rock stars hope he pretty much won't.