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Mad Men Music Monday

3 Jun

Mad Men ended this week with an unexpected sight as Pete Campbell strolled up to Stan and took his joint off him; instead of destroying it, Pete instead took a seat and started to smoking it. Janis Joplin’s “Piece of my Heart” kicked in as Pete continued to smoke, with a look of contempt at all those around him (and Vincent Kartheiser showing off his best bitchface). This version of the song is performed by Joplin’s band Big Brother and the Holding Company and is from 1968 (the year of the episode).

“A Tale of Two Cities” is all about the fractured climate in both the office and the nation as discontent is spreading and this felt like Pete’s way of succumbing to a system that is no longer following the rules. Janis Joplin is a big part of the counterculture and so it is fitting that this song plays over this episode and her death in 1970 (just 16 days after Jimi Hendrix died) reveals the darker side of this era; a side that Mad Men is showing in episodes like this.

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