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A WHITEWASH FOR JIMI HENDRIX?

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A high school wall mural of rock guitarist and 1960s counter-culture hero Jimi Hendrix has become an offensive symbol of drug abuse to a new generation of students.

Nearly 100 Ridgefield High School students have signed a petition aimed at painting over the mural of Hendrix, who died of a overdose of barbiturates in 1970."It seems a little hypocritical to have a thing that is such a symbol of drugs," said Jonathan Fulkerson, a high school senior leading the petition drive to whitewash the mural.

The 9-year-old mural, drawn from the cover a Hendrix album titled, "Crash Landing," shows him playing guitar as a robin flies toward him. Hendrix was known for searing guitar solos that became the hallmarks of songs like "Purple Haze" and "Foxy Lady."