Saturday, March 15, 2014

The dark side of the sixties: Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix

Image of Janis Joplin from biography

Musical geniuses Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix all died at 27. Jim fled legal trouble at home and breathed his last in a Paris apartment. Hendrix cast off his mortal coil at the Samarkand in West London, and Joplin left this world from the LA Landmark.

Janis Joplin, the first female rock superstar, sang at Woodstock, led Big Brother and the Holding Company to the top of the charts, and enjoyed a solo career with such hits as Me and Bobby McGee and Mercedes Benz. She was engaged to be married when, alone in her room, she overdosed on heroin.

Jim Morrison, one time leader of The Doors, is buried in Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. The rebel genius rocker died in that city of a drug overdose combined with alcohol.

Image right from wikimedia commons.

Brilliant guitarist Jimi Hendrix also overdosed under mysterious circumstances in London. He is buried in Renton, Washington, near his home town of Seattle.

Image below from the Daily Mail, which in 2009 carried a story alleging that his manager murdered him for money.


  1. Hi Carol, I came across your blog post this morning. I hope you don't mind, but I reblogged it on -- if it's a problem, let me know.