We have a habit of seeing our musical heroes as invincible and immortal but of course, as Keith Emerson himself noted in 1968, “Art is long, life is short.” A member of that Olympian generation of musicians blessed with prodigious amounts of ability and ambition, Emerson was a visionary and an innovator, keen to forge a sound that possessed both the grit of rock and the grandeur of the classical composers that both inspired and fuelled him.

Source: Keith Emerson – R.I.P. – Prog

Sid Smith has written a wonderful and moving tribute to Keith Emerson over at the Teamrock web site. I fear we’ll be reading more of these in the next few years.