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Check out this new LES mural of rock legends who died young

Howard Halle

Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse spent their careers burning the candle at both ends until there wasn't any wax left. Now, these tragic pop icons are the subjects of a brand-new mural on the Lower East Side by in-demand street artist Kobra.

Situated on the corner of Rivington and Forsyth Streets, the work memorializes their membership in the so-called 27 Club: The musicians and artists who died at 27.    

Photograph: Ben Lau @just_a_spectator

They're painted in Kobra's signature blend of grisaille portraits and color-saturated, kaleidoscopic backgrounds. Using a split-face style similar to one he employed for an East Village mural of Michael Jackson, Kobra joins Joplin with Cobain and Morrison with Hendrix, while Winehouse is seen on her own in profile.

Kobra has had a very busy summer and fall. His 27 Club tribute is the latest of several murals celebrating important figures that include Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and a 9/11 firefighter.


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