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Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin

Image for Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
In a time when musicians were seen as leaders in a cultural revolution, this pill-shaped poster, highlighting the drug-related deaths of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin at tragically young ages, questioned the lifestyle choices of such trendsetters. Hendrix shot to fame with his groundbreaking guitar playing. Joplin, a bluesy rock singer with a powerful voice, electrified audiences with her explosive performance style. Their deaths in 1970 propelled the emerging anti-drug movement, which would eventually lead to President Richard Nixon declaring a war on drugs in 1971 and creating the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1973. The juxtaposition of these popular icons with the question "Winner?" summarizes the grip of the era's drug culture and the beginning of a concerted effort to curtail its power.
Artist
Unidentified Artist
Printer
L & S Productions
Sitter
Jimi Hendrix, 27 Nov 1942 - 18 Sep 1970
Janis Joplin, 19 Jan 1943 - 4 Oct 1970
Date
1970
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Medium
Color photolithographic halftone poster
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 92 x 36.1cm (36 1/4 x 14 3/16")
Mount: 95.9 x 40.8cm (37 3/4 x 16 1/16")
Type
Print
Topic
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Poster
Janis Joplin: Female
Janis Joplin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Rock
Jimi Hendrix: Male
Jimi Hendrix: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Jimi Hendrix: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Rock
Portrait
Title
Winner?
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Object number
NPG.93.29
Culture
Jimi Hendrix: American\African American