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Rock Stars We Commemorate – San Francisco, CA

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JAMES MARSHALL “JIMI” HENDRIX, American rock guitarist

Born:  November 27, 1942

Died:  September 18, 1970*

*Accidental death from barbituate-related asphyxia

Exhibit at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in San Francisco, California on November 25, 2016. A special exhibit commemorating two rock icons called, “Ghosts In The Machine “, of the 60’s Hippie Scene in San Francisco, California of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin who played The Fillmore in San Francisco, California and Woodstock in Upstate New York. The likeness of Jimi Hendrix is preserved lovingly in audio cassette tape from the case itself by Erika Simmons of the state of Georgia and the bust of Janis Joplin is sculpted from chicken wire by Australian sculptor, Ivan Lovatt. Groovy, baby!

JANIS JOPLIN, American rock singer

Born:  January 19, 1943

Died:  October 4, 1970*

Died of heroin overdose

AMY JADE WINEHOUSE, English soul, rythm & blues and jazz singer and songwriter

Born:  September 14, 1983

Died:  July 23, 2011*

*Died of alcohol poisoning

Amy Winehouse in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibit, “Ghosts In The Machine”, also has her likeness preserved in audio cassette tape and the original case is enclosed with the exhibit by Erika Simmons. Ms. Winehouse was the first English female artist to win five Grammy Awards (2008) in a single night including three of the General Field “Big Four” Grammy Awards of Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin all died at the age of 27 of tragic circumstances.