Janis Joplin

American musician Janis Joplin

Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer and songwriter from Port Arthur, Texas. As a youth Joplin was ridiculed by her fellow students due to her unconventional appearance and personal beliefs. She later sang about her experience at school through her song "Ego Rock. " Early in her life, Joplin cultivated a rebellious and unconventional lifestyle, becoming a beatnik poet.
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HOT DISH: Brad Paisley Conquers Europe During Latest Tour - CMT.com
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Long before Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon (the Who) or Jim Morrison (the Doors), there was Hank Williams, the first major country singer-songwriter. Set for release on Sept. 13, Hank Williams: The Legend Begins is a
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Search for Original 1960s Janis Joplin Concert Posters Announced - News Junky Journal (press release)
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Andrew Hawley, from Vintage Rock Posters, announces his plans to search for Janis Joplin concert posters. Janis Joplin are significant according to Hawley because “Her look and music exemplified the 1960s
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Avid Rock Concert Poster Collector Announces His Search for Original 1960s ... - RedOrbit
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Andrew Hawley announces his search for vintage Janis Joplin concert posters. Janis Joplin was one of the best rock performers. Her look and music exemplified the 1960s. Her rock concert posters are some of the best because she was very photogenic
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But singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen never forgot what he got up to with Janis Joplin in 415. In fact, none of us will, because he wrote a song about it called Chelsea Hotel #2 (and later regretted his indiscretion). Surely no other single building can
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John Till From Janis Joplin's Kozmic Blues Bands Tonight On Visual Radio - TMR Zoo
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42 years ago today Janis Joplin performed at Woodstock with her Kozmic Blues band. Her guitarist in that band, John Till, went on to form the Full Tilt Boogie Band which resulted in the classic lp, Pearl
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Dana Fuchs takes rock 'n' roll church of love to 8 Great Tuesdays - GoErie.com
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She starred as Sadie in "Across the Universe" and played Janis Joplin off Broadway in "Love, Janis." But Dana Fuchs' best role may be as herself. She fronts a hot band in what she calls a rock 'n' roll church of love. Q Did you love Janis before "Love,
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Week in Rock History: Jerry Garcia Dies - RollingStone.com
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This week in rock history, John Lennon apologized for "blasphemy," Janis Joplin performed live for the last time, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran almost drowned, fans rioted after a disastrous Guns N'Roses/Metallica show and Jerry Garcia
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Living life to the full - News & Star
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Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain all died aged 27. Pete de Freitas, drummer with Echo and the Bunnymen, was 27 when he died in a motorcycle crash, as was Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers,
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Grover Norquist: The man who drew the GOP's 'line in the sand' - CNN
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He loves Janis Joplin, has figures from the adult animation series "South Park" on his shelves and dabbles in improv comedy. But Norquist also has the ear of powerful Republican leaders, many who won't act on sensitive budget issues unless he has
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Missed Masterpieces: Janis Joplin - Salt Lake City Weekly
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To me, Janis Joplin was this kind of woman, so anytime I play her music I almost get weepy. It also creeps me out a little bit that she, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison all died when they were 27 years old. Janis was a sad, tortured, but extremely
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Live review: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals @ the Ogden Theatre - Reverb
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The medicine that Potter and the Nocturnals brought to the Ogden included a heavy dose of good old fashioned rock 'n' roll that recalls Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin. Photos below from the band's February performance at the Ogden Theatre
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Photos: Iconic Shots of the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and More - RollingStone.com
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When Jerry Garcia arrived at Baron Wolman's house in the summer of 1969 for a Rolling Stone shoot, the magazine's chief photographer had no idea that Garcia was going to open up. The Grateful Dead guitarist was in a relaxed mood, and he began making
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  • 1970
    Joplin's last performance with Big Brother, not counting two reunions in 1970, was at a Family Dog benefit on December 1, 1968.
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    At the time of this June 1970 interview, she had already performed in the Bay Area for what turned out to be the last time.
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    Her singing was not included (by her own insistence) in the 1970 documentary film or the soundtrack for Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More, although the 25th anniversary director's cut of Woodstock includes her performance of "Work Me, Lord". The documentary film of the festival that was released to theaters in 1970 includes, on the left side of a split screen, 37 seconds of footage of Joplin and Caserta walking toward Joplin's dressing room tent.
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    At the same time, Peggy Caserta's memoir, Going Down With Janis (1974), attracted a lot of attention, with its provocative title referring to her performing a sex act with Joplin while they were high on heroin, in September 1970.
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    Joplin's death in October 1970, at the age of 27, stunned her fans and shocked the music world, especially when coupled with the death just 16 days earlier of another rock icon, Jimi Hendrix, also at age 27.
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    The party, which took place October 26, 1970, at the Lion's Share in San Anselmo, California, was attended by Joplin's sister Laura, fiancé Seth Morgan, and close friends, including road manager Cooke, Bob Gordon, Jack Penty, and tattoo artist Lyle Tuttle.
    On Sunday, October 4, 1970, producer Paul Rothchild became concerned when Joplin failed to show up at Sunset Sound Recorders for a recording session.
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    The last recording Joplin completed was on October 1, 1970—"Mercedes Benz".
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    On September 26, 1970, Joplin recorded vocals for "Half Moon" and "Cry Baby".
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    During the many long-distance telephone conversations that Joplin and Friedman had in September 1970 and on October 1, Joplin never mentioned Caserta, and Friedman assumed Caserta had been out of Joplin's life for a while.
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    Joplin's manager, Albert Grossman, and his assistant/publicist, Myra Friedman, had staged an intervention with Joplin the previous winter while Joplin was in New York. In September 1970, Grossman and Friedman, who worked out of a New York office, knew Joplin was staying at a Los Angeles hotel, but they were unaware that it was a haven for drug users and dealers.
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    Caserta, a former Delta Air Lines stewardess and owner of one of the first clothing boutiques in the Haight Ashbury, said that by September 1970, she was smuggling cannabis throughout California and had checked into the Landmark Motor Hotel because it attracted drug users.
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    Peggy Caserta claimed in her book, Going Down With Janis (1973), that she and Joplin had decided mutually in April 1970 to stay away from each other to avoid enabling each other's drug use.
    Joplin checked into the Landmark Motor Hotel in Hollywood on August 24, 1970, near Sunset Sound Recorders, where she began rehearsing and recording her album.
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    During late August, September, and early October 1970, Joplin and her band rehearsed and recorded a new album in Los Angeles, with producer Paul A. Rothchild, who had produced recordings for The Doors.
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    Joplin's last public performance with the Full Tilt Boogie Band took place on August 12, 1970, at the Harvard Stadium in Boston.
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    On August 7, 1970, a tombstone—jointly paid for by Joplin and Juanita Green, who as a child had done housework for Bessie Smith—was erected at Smith's previously unmarked grave.
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    When asked if she had been popular in school, she admitted that when in high school, her schoolmates "laughed me out of class, out of town and out of the state." (During her college years, Joplin had been voted "Ugliest Man on Campus" by frat boys.) In the subsequent Cavett Show broadcast, on August 3, 1970, Joplin discussed her upcoming performance at the Festival for Peace to be held at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, three days later.
    Among Joplin's last public appearances were two broadcasts of The Dick Cavett Show. In her June 25, 1970 appearance, she announced that she would attend her ten-year high school class reunion.
    This was her standard stage costume in the spring and summer of 1970.
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    From June 28 to July 4, 1970, Joplin and Full Tilt Boogie joined the all-star Festival Express train tour through Canada, performing alongside Buddy Guy, The Band, Ten Years After, Grateful Dead, Delaney and Bonnie, Eric Andersen, and Ian & Sylvia.
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    Prior to beginning a summer tour with Full Tilt Boogie, she performed in a reunion with Big Brother at the Fillmore West, in San Francisco, on April 4, 1970.
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    In February 1970, Joplin traveled to Brazil, where she stopped her drug and alcohol use.
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  • 1969
    In addition to Woodstock, Joplin also had problems at Madison Square Garden, in 1969.
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    Joplin appeared at Woodstock starting at approximately 2:00 a.m., on Sunday, August 17, 1969.
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    Gabriel Mekler, who produced the Kozmic Blues, told publicist-turned-biographer Myra Friedman after Joplin's death that the singer had lived in his house during the June 1969 recording sessions at his insistence so he could keep her away from drugs and her drug-using friends.
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    By early 1969, Joplin was allegedly shooting at least $200 worth of heroin per day, ($1300 in 2016 dollars) although efforts were made to keep her clean during the recording of I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
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  • 1968
    Time magazine called Joplin "probably the most powerful singer to emerge from the white rock movement," and Richard Goldstein wrote for the May 1968 issue of Vogue magazine that Joplin was "the most staggering leading woman in rock... she slinks like tar, scowls like war... clutching the knees of a final stanza, begging it not to leave...
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    By 1968, the band was being billed as "Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company," and the media coverage given to Joplin generated resentment within the band.
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    In early 1968, Joplin and Big Brother made their nationwide television debut on The Dick Cavett Show, an ABC daytime variety show hosted by Dick Cavett.
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    Live at Winterland '68, recorded at the Winterland Ballroom on April 12 and 13, 1968, features Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company at the height of their mutual career working through a selection of tracks from their albums.
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    On April 7, 1968, the last day of their East Coast tour, Joplin and Big Brother performed with Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Richie Havens, Paul Butterfield, and Elvin Bishop at the "Wake for Martin Luther King, Jr." concert in New York.
  • 1967
    The band's debut studio album, Big Brother & the Holding Company, was released by Mainstream Records in August 1967, shortly after the group's breakthrough appearance in June at the Monterey Pop Festival.
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    In early 1967, Joplin met Country Joe McDonald of the group Country Joe and the Fish.
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    One of Joplin's earliest major performances in 1967 was the Mantra-Rock Dance, a musical event held on January 29 at the Avalon Ballroom by the San Francisco Hare Krishna temple.
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  • 1966
    The band went to Chicago for a four-week engagement in August 1966, then found themselves stranded after the promoter ran out of money when their concerts did not attract the expected audience levels, and he was unable to pay them.
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    Helms brought her back to San Francisco and Joplin joined Big Brother on June 4, 1966.
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    In 1966, Joplin's bluesy vocal style attracted the attention of the psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, a band that had gained some renown among the nascent hippie community in Haight-Ashbury.
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  • 1965
    These tracks were later issued as a new album in 1995, entitled This is Janis Joplin 1965 by James Gurley.
    Just prior to joining Big Brother and the Holding Company, Joplin recorded seven studio tracks in 1965.
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    Joplin became engaged to Peter de Blanc in the fall of 1965.
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    Back in Port Arthur in the spring of 1965, Joplin changed her lifestyle.
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    In May 1965, Joplin's friends threw her a bus-fare party so she could go back home.
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    In early 1965, Joplin's friends in San Francisco, noticing the detrimental effects on her from regularly injecting methamphetamine (she was described as "skeletal" and "emaciated"), persuaded her to return to Port Arthur, Texas.
  • 1964
    In 1964, Joplin and future Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen recorded a number of blues standards, which incidentally featured Margareta Kaukonen using a typewriter in the background.
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  • 1963
    She left Texas in January 1963 ("just to get away," she said, "because my head was in a much different place"), moving to North Beach, San Francisco and later Haight-Ashbury.
  • 1962
    Cultivating a rebellious manner, Joplin styled herself, in part, after her female blues heroines and, in part, after the Beat poets. Her first song recorded on tape, at the home of a fellow University of Texas student in December 1962, was "What Good Can Drinkin' Do."
    The campus newspaper, The Daily Texan, ran a profile of her in the issue dated July 27, 1962, headlined "She Dares to Be Different."
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  • 1960
    Joplin graduated from high school in 1960 and attended Lamar State College of Technology in Beaumont, Texas, during the summer and later the University of Texas at Austin, though she did not complete her college studies.
  • 1943
    Born on January 19, 1943.
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