Music: Janis and Jimi, Op. Posth.

It was a mere coincidence of time and happenstance. But it seemed to sum up an era with cruel finality. In New York last August, Rock Superstar Jimi Hendrix completed a record album, flew off for a brief tour of Germany, wound up in London, where he died of an overdose of sleeping pills. In Los Angeles, White Blues Queen Janis Joplin was finishing up an album of her own when she, too, perished of an overdose—in her case, heroin. They had both lived lives of loud, frenzied desperation that had made them, in...

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