The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
The Argentina-born British painter Richard Pinsent (1948- ) was 24 when
he created Electric Wasteland (cover ).
The title, he told the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which had acquired the work
in 1976, is a composite of the British poet T. S. Eliot's "The Wasteland"
and the American rock star Jimi Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland." Born a generation
apart, the two artists had recently died, Eliot in 1965 at age 77 and Hendrix
in 1970 at age 27. And while Pinsent told the Albright-Knox that the title
had "no particular significance," he loaded his statement with a huge "but."
Southgate MT. Electric Wasteland. JAMA. 2001;286(10):1145. doi:10.1001/jama.286.10.1145