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Rock Groups San Francisco, 1967

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Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
At the height of the counterculture revolution of the mid-sixties, San Francisco was the epicenter of music, psychedelic drugs, and free love. Photographer Irving Penn was interested in documenting this phenomenon and was assigned by Look magazine to photograph two of the leading rock bands of the era—Janis Joplin (far left) with Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Jerry Garcia (top right) with the Grateful Dead. Joplin was described as “the most staggering leading woman in rock,” while Garcia— the lead guitarist and principal songwriter for the Grateful Dead—was best known for his extended guitar improvisations. Joplin died of a drug over- dose in 1970, while Garcia and the Grateful Dead conducted an “endless tour” until his death in 1995.
Irving Penn (1917–2009)
En el apogeo de la revolución contracultural a mediados de los años sesenta, San Francisco era el epicentro de la música, las drogas psicodélicas y el amor libre. El fotógrafo Irving Penn se interesó en documentar este fenómeno y la revista Look le asignó retratar a dos de las principales bandas de rock de la época: Janis Joplin (extrema izquierda) con Big Brother and the Holding Company y Jerry Garcia (arriba a la derecha) con los Grateful Dead. Joplin había sido descrita como “la más sensacional vocalista femenina del rock”, mientras que Garcia, compositor y guitarrista principal de los Grateful Dead, era famoso por sus largas improvisaciones. Joplin murió de una sobredosis de drogas en 1970; Garcia y los Grateful Dead continuaron una “gira sin fin” hasta su muerte en 1995.
Artist
Irving Penn, 16 Jun 1917 - 7 Oct 2009
Sitter
Janis Joplin, 19 Jan 1943 - 4 Oct 1970
Samuel Andrew, 18 Dec 1941 - 12 Feb 2015
David Getz, born 1938
James Gurley, 22 Dec 1939 - 20 Dec 2009
Peter Albin, born 1944
Jerome John Garcia, 1 Aug 1943 - 9 Aug 1995
Philip Chapman Lesh, born 1940
Robert Hall Weir, born 1947
William Kreutzmann, born 1946
Ronald McKernan, 1945 - 1973
Date
1967 (printed 1974)
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Irving Penn
Medium
Platinum-palladium print
Dimensions
Image: 35.1 x 27.8cm (13 13/16 x 10 15/16")
Sheet: 56 x 63.2cm (22 1/16 x 24 7/8")
Mount: 56 x 66cm (22 1/16 x 26")
Mat: 66 × 91.4 cm (26 × 36")
Type
Photograph
Topic
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace
Music\Musical instrument\Guitar
Interior\Studio\Photography
Janis Joplin: Female
Janis Joplin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Rock
Samuel Andrew: Male
Samuel Andrew: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Samuel Andrew: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Samuel Andrew: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist
Samuel Andrew: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Arranger
David Getz: Male
David Getz: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
James Gurley: Male
James Gurley: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Peter Albin: Male
Peter Albin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Jerome John Garcia: Male
Jerome John Garcia: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Jerome John Garcia: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Rock
Philip Chapman Lesh: Male
Philip Chapman Lesh: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Rock
Robert Hall Weir: Male
Robert Hall Weir: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Rock
William Kreutzmann: Male
William Kreutzmann: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Rock
Ronald McKernan: Male
Ronald McKernan: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Portrait
Title
Big Brother, The Holding Company and The Grateful Dead
Restrictions & Rights
© The Irving Penn Foundation
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Object number
NPG.88.70.44