Strange Kozmic Experience: The Doors, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix

The Grammy Museum
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED BY ANTIMUSIC ON MARCH 19, 2010.

On April 5, 2010, The Grammy Museum will debut its third major special exhibit, Strange Kozmic Experience. Housed on the Museum's second floor, the exhibit will explore the innovations, legacies, and continual impact of the artists who defined a generation: The Doors, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix.

"Forty years later, the music of The Doors, Joplin, and Hendrix still resonate in rock circles and popular culture, an enduring testimony to the power and freedom of 1960s rock," said Museum Executive Director and music historian Robert Santelli. "Provocative, counter-cultural, and experimental, these artists stirred senses and celebrated personal freedom like never before, so we're pleased to offer fans the rare opportunity to engage with them again in such a personal way."

Rising from distinctly different backgrounds yet united by a common love of the blues and rock and roll, Hendrix, Joplin, and The Doors made music that revolutionized and energized rock's most fertile and provocative period: the 1960s. The untimely deaths of Jimi Hendrix (Sept. 18, 1970), Janis Joplin (Oct. 4, 1970), and Jim Morrison (July 3, 1971), all at the age of 27 and within one year of each other, marked the end of a decade unmatched in free-spirited and experimental creativity. To this day, the losses are still being felt: Hendrix stands unsurpassed as the greatest electric guitarist of all-time; Joplin's heightened dimension of blues singing has yet to be matched; and never has a band brought poetry and artistic sophistication to blues and rock the way The Doors did. Strange Kozmic Experience will explore how these artists became icons, where they took music, and why their art still resonates.

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