I was born on Oct 3rd and she died on an Oct 4rth. Janis Joplin ! I exhausted my cassette tape of this in highschool. Her autobiography also named “Pearl” was a sensational and eye-opening read. She was a wicked womyn and I mean.. Mean. She must also have been a walking STD as she slept with just about everyone at Woodstock and then some. I love her dearly. This is one of those records I listen to and am teleported back to a space and place in time ( just like you were mentioning this week, Kate). A time when I was rebellious and my parents called me “Janis”. From downstairs, they would yell up to my bedroom “turn that crap down!” at the top of their lungs. lol. Long live Janis.
Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) 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. She began her singing career as a folk and blues singer in San Francisco, playing clubs and bars with her guitar and auto-harp. Joplin first rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist with her more soulful and bluesy backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. She was one of the more popular acts at the Monterey Pop Festival and later became one of the major attractions to the Woodstock festival.
“music’s not for putting yourself into any bad changes, man. It’s just music man. Music’s supposed to be differnt than that”. This is a fab little live clip of sound of her at Woodstock. Really funky. Take it baby, yeah yeah yeah. have another little piece of my heart Janis.
- Big Brother and the Holding Company: Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968 (Review) (popmatters.com)
- Unreleased Janis Joplin recordings discovered (bazaardaily.com)
- Janis Joplin Graces ‘Rolling Stone’ Cover: Rock N’ Roll Diary Extra (wzlx.radio.com)
- Janis Joplin – The Pearl Sessions (musicofourheart.me)