Pigpen, San Francisco, 1967
© Bob Seidemann

Pigpen, San Francisco, 1967

Photograph
By Bob Seidemann
About the image
Pigpen, a.k.a. Ron McKernan, was a founding member of The Grateful Dead.  He sang and played organ and harmonica, providing a Blues influence from his upbringing as the son of a Blues disc jockey.  He performed with the band until 1972, when he was forced to resign due to increasing health issues.  He was found dead in his home in 1973 from complications due to Crohn's Disease.  Notably, he died at 27 years old, the now onminous age at which many famous musicians have succumbed, including his former girlfriend Janis Joplin, and contemporaries Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. 

This picture originally appeared as a large fine art poster in 1967. 

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Pigpen, San Francisco, 1967
Pigpen, San Francisco, 1967

 
 
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