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The Cover
September 12, 2001

Electric Wasteland

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2001;286(10):1145. doi:10.1001/jama.286.10.1145

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."

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