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Grace Slick; Jerry Garcia (Herb Greene, 1966; 1967)
San Francisco: The wall of hieroglyphics behind Slick and Garcia, in portraits taken a year apart, became a backdrop for many of the San Francisco performers Greene photographed in the late sixties.  Though it came to be associated with the Matrix nightclub, it was actually the wall of Green's dining room.  He had steamed off the old wallpaper and found a beautiful patina underneath, with "Happy New Year" written across it.  One day Green's roommate drew the ancient symbols all over the wall, and, although Greene was furious at the time, the Egyptian imagery actually suited the psychedelic Haight-Ashbury scene perfectly.

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