Archive for Forever27

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Posted in Green-Wood Cemetery with tags , , on January 23, 2017 by Cade

basquiat1December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a significant neo-expressionist artist in the late-70s/early-80s New York City pop-cultural scene. Rising to notoriety as a street artist (he comprised half of the graffiti-art duo, SAMO), Basquiat eventually found a following in various galleries in Manhattan. His work consisted of both image and text, highly influenced by juxtaposition and dichotomy. Basquiat also created experimental music with his band, Gray (a nod to Gray’s Anatomy, the reference book that heavily influenced his work throughout his life – not the ABC television show that debuted 17 years after he died.) Through his art and music, he spoke out against institutionalized racism and power structures and made commentary on issues such as class struggle and heritage. Professionally, he collaborated with musicians like David Bowie and artists such as Andy Warhol. His relationship with Warhol was particularly important and when Warhol died in 1987, Basquiat – who was already deep into a herioin addiciton – spiraled into a depression that he never recovered from. He died of an overdose the following year at the age of 27.

Burial

Green-Wood Cemetery – Brooklyn, NY

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Specific Location

Section 176; Off of Sassafras Avenue in the cemetery’s Southern portion, Jean-Michel is buried in a double row of modest graves designated as “Lot 44603.” As you walk from Sassafras Ave. his grave is in the left row about 60 graves in (he is in grave 342).

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Jimi Hendrix

Posted in Greenwood Memorial Park with tags , , on August 13, 2015 by Cade

hendrix2November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970

Any bio-let I could come up with for Jimi Hendrix would immediately fail to do him justice. Perhaps the most iconic guitar player in the history of rock-and-roll, Hendrix blazed (both figuratively AND literally) onto the scene in the late 1960’s and quickly became one of the most popular and sought-after artists around. His style was unique. His persona was wild. And his legend – following his untimely death at the age of 27 – remains unmatched and ever-expanding.

With that said…James Marshall Hendrix grew up in Seattle and idolized musicians like Elvis Presley and Little Richard. He learned guitar at 15 and found his first success in England where he formed his band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. He made his first splash in the U.S. at the 1967 Monterrey Pop Festival where he blew the audience away by his performance (not to mention his flaming guitar.) He went on to headline Woodstock and dazzle audiences everywhere he went. He enjoyed just four years of fame and only released three studio records, but still managed to change the course of music for an entire generation. But, alas, sometimes, meteoric rises crash hard. And, sometimes, they choke to death on their own vomit while high on barbiturates in a flat in London.

But, still, that cat could flat-out play.

Burial

Greenwood Memorial Park – Renton, WA

Specific Location

In 2002, Jimi’s father was finally able to move him from his original, modest grave to a new plot and a large family memorial was built for him at the Monroe Ave. entrance to the park. Jimi’s parents and other family members are also (and will also be) buried there.

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Janis Joplin

Posted in Cremated with tags , , on July 8, 2015 by Cade

joplin1January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970

“The Queen of Psychedelic Soul”

Janis Lyn Joplin worked her way through the 1960’s Haight-Ashbury scene with her Blues-influenced power-rock voice. Her love for Blues standards helped her make a name for herself in San Francisco and her native Texas. She was asked to join the psychedelic rock band Big Brother and Holding Company which, with Janis on lead vocals, collectively impressed the crowd at 1967’s Monterrey Pop Festival. Record labels came calling and Janis spent the next year on the road and in the studio with Big Brother. Audiences and critics couldn’t get enough of her unique power as a performer. Her public persona surpassed the band and she quickly went solo. During her brief time on top of the music world, she recorded dozens of songs including hits like “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Mercedes Benz.”

Joplin’s life was full of struggle and substance abuse. She was a free spirit with acne scars who would go to class barefoot and carry an autoharp. Naturally, those who deemed such things as ridiculous made fun of her. She “escaped” to California only to get caught up in drugs and Southern Comfort. Despite a brief stint of sobriety prior to her breakout, the addictions would eventually take their toll. While recording her 2nd album “Pearl” (named after a nickname those close to her used) Janis received a delivery of heroin that was said to be, unknown to her, 8 times stronger than that which her dealer normally sold. She shot it up in her hotel room at the Landmark Motor Hotel in Hollywood, bought a pack of cigarettes and returned to her room for the night. Eight people who used that heroin that weekend died of overdoses…including Janis Joplin. Like Jimi Hendrix a few months earlier, Janis punched her ticket as a bona fide member of the Forever 27 club.

Burial

Cremated – 6 days after her death, Janis was cremated at Westwood and her ashes were scattered over Stinson Beach in Marin County, CA.

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Amy Winehouse

Posted in Cremated with tags , , on June 4, 2014 by Cade


winehouse1September 14, 1983 – July 23, 2011

<insert “Rehab” joke here>

An eclectic and immensely talented singer, Amy Jade Winehouse stormed onto the British music scene in 2003 with her debut album, Frank. But, it was her sophomore effort, 2006’s Back to Black that made her an international sensation. Combining old-school genres like jazz and soul with her distinctive style and sultry voice, Amy blew through the Grammys that year collecting five awards. Her singles “Rehab” and “You Know I’m No Good” were Billboard chart mainstays for months. As troubled as she was talented, Winehouse struggled with drugs and alcohol throughout her career. Add to this her meteoric rise to stardom and (allegedly) poor grasp on moderation and self-control…well, you know where this is going or you wouldn’t be reading this blog.

At the iconic age of 27, Amy Winehouse joined the likes of Jim, Jimi, Janis and Kurt as a member of the infamous ’27 Club’ when she died of alcohol poisoning in her Camden, London home. While her star burned out quickly, her influence over other British singers like Adele and Duffy certainly shaped the way international pop music would look for years to follow.

Burial

Cremated – Despite rumors that her remains would be interred at London’s famous Golders Green, Amy’s ashes remain in the custody of her family…who eventually got them back from her entourage of bodyguards after the funeral.

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She’s the one in green in the middle

UPDATE: As of 7/2014, there is at least a marker for Amy at the Edgewarebury Cemetery in London where her grandmother is buried. It can be assumed her ashes were interred there, as well.

Jim Morrison

Posted in Père Lachaise Cemetery with tags , on March 5, 2013 by Cade

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December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971

James Douglas Morrison, AKA “The Lizard King,” was a poet, songwriter and the lead singer of the influential American rock band, The Doors. Energetic, soulful and wild, he set the showmanship standard for many future frontmen.

And he LOOOOVED heroin.

He battled alcohol and drug abuse throughout his rise to fame.  It all caught up with him in a Paris apartment in July of 1971.  Morrison’s cause of death was never officially ruled due to French medical examiner statutes. But, I don’t think it’s much of a mystery.  He was buried in Cimetière du Père-Lachaise. His grave site became one of the most famous in the world. It served as a gathering place for all sorts of folks throughout the years and attracted a myriad of vandalism and debauchery.  Today, a guard stands by to keep the riff-raff from riff-raffing.

Burial

Père Lachaise Cemetery – Paris, FRANCE

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Specific Location

Division 6; between Chemin Lauriston and Chemin Lesseps; though he’s tucked away behind other, larger monuments, there is almost always someone there, so he’s not that hard to locate.

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