IN MEMORIAM : MERLE HAGGARD (1937-2016)

Guy Peellaert's "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive" (Merle Haggard) from Rock Dreams (1970-1973)

Country music legend Merle Haggard passed away on April 6th, the day he turned 79—and Guy Peellaert's own birthday.

In the Rock Dreams series (1970-1973), Haggard was depicted as the ultimate "outlaw hero", lighting up a cigarette in a stock car wagon against a cinematic western sunset. Nik Cohn borrowed his captions from the singer's "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive" which also gave the painting its title :

"Down every road there's always one more city, I'd like to settle down but  they won't let me. A fugitive must be a rolling stone. I'm on the run, the highway is my home."