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Quote of the Day
15 March 2017 @ 6:52 am

"[Janis is] kind of [a] mixture of Leadbelly, a steam engine, Calamity Jane, Bessie Smith, an oil derrick, rotgut bourbon, funneled into the 20th century, somewhere between El Paso and San Francisco." - Cashbox, 1968.

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Quote of the Day
24 February 2017 @ 6:52 am

"Suddenly, in a world not quite ready for her, there was Janis Joplin!" - Flip, 1968

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Quote of the Day
23 January 2017 @ 7:08 am

"I was a sensitive child. I had a lot of hurts and confusions. You know, it's hard when you're a kid to be different. You're all full of things, and you don't know that it's about." - Janis Joplin, 1968.

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Quote of the Day
20 January 2017 @ 7:54 am

"Janis socked her bluesy voice into the soul of everyone who listened to her." -Flip, 1968

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Quote of the Day
18 January 2017 @ 7:47 am

"This is an important set because it gives such a remarkably true account of an important artist, an account that is studded with unavoidable brilliance throughout." - Bob Edmonds reflecting on Big Brother & The Holding Company's debut record.

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Quote of the Day
16 January 2017 @ 10:06 am

"It was obvious that a real emotional understanding existed between Janis and the band - an unspoken electricity - and that Big Brother was often capable of pushing her beyond her normal boundaries." - Creem on Janis and Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1972

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Happy New Year
31 December 2016 @ 9:27 am

Janis on New Year's Day playing at the Panhandle in Golden Gate Park, 1967.

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Quote of the Day
@ 7:28 am

"Her voice rises to a hoarse screech, then falls to a husky whisper whose tone promises unmentionable pleasures." - Melody Maker on Janis' music, 1968

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Quote of the Day
12 December 2016 @ 10:29 am

"You know, I can really sing, but I also know I've got a lot to learn." - Janis on her fast rise to fame, 1968

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Quote of the Day
5 December 2016 @ 9:15 am

"Against the busy saw-mill drone of Big Brother's guitars and ecstatic yelpings is that voice. It numbs you to all but its own engulfing presence." - David Dalton describing Janis' voice, 1966.

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Quote of the Day
21 November 2016 @ 8:31 am

"Blazing blue eyes, tangled dirty blonde hair, raunchy hoarse voice... Janis socked her bluesy voice into the soul of everyone who listened to her." - Flip, 1968

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Quote of the Day
7 November 2016 @ 7:45 am

"The fuckin' unbelievable rush of this outtasight chick singer, man. It's like..." - A dazed fan can't find the words when describing his experience seeing Janis Joplin live for the first time to a MOJO writer in 1966

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Quote of the Day
7 October 2016 @ 11:25 am

"Edged with Southern Comfort Janis' voice bawls, flinty, gritty great slabs of rock or smooth like fine whiskey." - International Times, 1968

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This Week in History
28 September 2016 @ 7:34 am

"Piece of My Heart: entered the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1968!

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#FlashbackFriday
2 September 2016 @ 11:14 am

Jimi Hendrix filming Janis and Sam Andrews backstage at the Winterland Ballroom in 1968.

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Quote of the Day
10 August 2016 @ 9:16 am

"Only she wasn't a blues singer, she was a rock singer - a rock singer who learned to conceal her country twang after she cut these ten crazed songs." - Robert Christgau on Janis' performance on "Big Brother And The Holding Company," featuring Janis Joplin, released this month in 1967.

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#FlashbackFriday
17 June 2016 @ 7:45 am

This weekend in 1967 Janis awed audiences at the Monterey Pop Festival with her stunning version of "Ball & Chain."

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Quote of the Day
8 June 2016 @ 8:33 am

"She made her live debut with Big Brother in June of '66 at the Avalon. That band, their hometown and female empowerment in American popular music were changed overnight." - Rolling Stone, 2015

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Quote of the Day
30 May 2016 @ 4:32 pm

"They all agreed, the people who went to see her on stage, that Janis had something special." - Creem, May 1971

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Mercedes Benz
21 March 2016 @ 9:00 am

"Dig 'Mercedes Benz': written by Janis a la downhome gospel blues, the whole song is just Janis solo raising an astonishing pitch of intensity in 1 minute 24 seconds." - International Times, March 1971

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This Week in History
7 March 2016 @ 12:38 pm

Janis and the boys of Big Brother and the Holding Company helped Bill Graham christen Fillmore East by playing its first show this week in 1968.

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This Week in History
26 February 2016 @ 2:46 pm

"Pearl" was at the top of the charts this week in 1971. The album hit #1 on the Billboard 200.

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Pearl Review
22 February 2016 @ 8:58 am

"This is not a new Janis, but a redefined, more organized, old Janis. Her good and her bad vocal habits are still the same, but they are tempered by updated goals and surroundings." - Rolling Stone reviewing "Pearl" in February, 1971

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This Week in History
19 February 2016 @ 11:44 am

Janis and the boys from Big Brother and the Holding Company signed to Columbia Records this week in 1968.

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Quote of the Day
27 January 2016 @ 9:04 am

"She temporarily abandons the restraints accepted by conventional soul signers, ignores the tunes, makes sure we're aware it's Janis that we're listening to." - Creem, 1971.

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This Day in History - Pearl
11 January 2016 @ 8:19 am

"It was music that swept you away. Its crude confidence was somehow part of its unwritten aesthetic. It gave a sense of something religious going on. The stuttering guitar on "Combination of the Two" seemed a strange form of prayer to some new god in the making." - Rolling Stone on "Pearl" released this day in 1971.

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Quote of the Day
7 December 2015 @ 8:14 am

"Janis turned herself on, turned Big Brother on, and turned her audiences on. Cheap Thrills, their first LP for Columbia, was a million-dollar album on the first day it came out. Nobody except The Monkees and The Beatles sell like that, and no blues-driven pop group has ever sold like that." - Flip, December 1968.

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Quote of the Day
13 November 2015 @ 7:58 am

"Blazing blue eyes, tangled dirty blonde hair, raunchy hoarse voice... Janis socked her bluesy voice into the soul of everyone who listened to her." - Flip Magazine, 1968.

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Quote of the Day
9 November 2015 @ 7:17 am

"No one expected me to be a singer." - Janis to Melody Maker, 1968.

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Quote of the Day
2 November 2015 @ 9:22 am

"Janis sang out of her pain as a woman, and men dug it. Yet it was men who caused the pain, and if they stopped causing it they would not have her to dig." - Rolling Stone, November 1976.

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Quote of the Day
26 October 2015 @ 8:39 am

"On 'Ball and Chain' a JJ showcase, earth shaking, reverberating feedback shakes everything but JJ's sex-powered boosted voice." - International Times, October 1968.

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Quote of the Day
16 October 2015 @ 7:10 am

"This war against limits was largely responsible for the electrifying power of Joplin's early performances; it was what made Cheap Thrills a classic, in spite of unevenness and the impossibility of duplicating on a record the excitement of her concerts." - Rolling Stone, 1976

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This Month in History
14 October 2015 @ 1:13 am

"Cheap Thrills" hit #1 on the Billboard Charts this month in 1968.

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Quote of the Day
7 October 2015 @ 10:49 am

"She somehow managed to separate the desperately reflective side of her character from her music and her presence on stage." - David Dalton, 1972.

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Photo of the Day
5 October 2015 @ 5:45 pm

Janis Joplin and Big Brother & The Holding Company performed at the Love Pageant Rally with Grateful Dead in San Francisco this week in 1966.

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Quote of the Day
14 September 2015 @ 7:50 am

"She's pop music's only broad, and whether she's singing or talking, it's with all the soul of a Hell's Angels exhaust pipe. Like Mae West, she could be the greatest lady who ever walked the streets." - Life, September 1968

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Quote of the Day
26 August 2015 @ 7:35 am

"She was so naked on stage - and in a way perhaps even brave - that it was nearly impossible to avoid investing something of yourself in what in what she was doing." - Creem, August 1972

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Quote of the Day
21 August 2015 @ 5:35 am

"She's a thoughtful, shy, slightly cynical girl who has no illusions about what she is doing musically, and not too sure about where it's all going to lead." - Melody Maker, August 1968

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Today In History - Cheap Thrills
12 August 2015 @ 8:50 am

"Dig that the greatest electronic feedback record of all isn't a psychedelic freak record but a blues one. Sell anything to get this one." - International Times on 'Cheap Thrills' released today in 1968.

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Newport Folk Festival
27 July 2015 @ 8:31 am

"Erma Franklin's version of this song has soul. Janis Joplin's has balls." - Rolling Stone in their review of Janis' performance of "Piece Of My Heart" at the Newport Folk Festival on July 29th, 1968.

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Quote of the Day
20 July 2015 @ 8:37 am

"It was obvious that a real emotional understanding existed between Janis and the band - an unspoken electricity - and that Big Brother was often capable of pushing her beyond her normal boundaries," - Creem, 1972.

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Quote of the Day
17 July 2015 @ 7:44 am

"...And her independence was the weight she carried for all her fans. She had to go on winning, go on proving that you could say "Fuck you!" to teachers and parents and police and life." - Uncut, 1975.

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This Week in History
22 June 2015 @ 8:42 am

One of the beloved live recordings of Janis, Live at the Carousel Ballroom, was recorded this week on June 23rd, 1968 in San Francisco. Check out that hand-drawn gig flyer!

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Flashback Friday
19 June 2015 @ 4:40 pm

Janis and the boys from Big Brother and the Holding Company hanging out in San Francisco in June of 1968.

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Today In History
17 June 2015 @ 7:53 am

"What if Big Brother hadn't played at Monterey? They might not have signed a management contract with Albert Grossman later that year, maybe never... In the immediate aftermath of the festival, it is Janis who gets the most notice, the biggest boost." - John Byrne Cooke on Janis' Monterey International Pop Festival performance June 17th, 1967

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June 1966
10 June 2015 @ 7:57 am

June 1966 marks the first month that Janis performed with Big Brother and the Holding Company in San Francisco at the Avalon Ballroom where they later became the house band. The world was never the same after Janis hit that stage.

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Quote of the Day
29 May 2015 @ 8:43 am

"But Janis used blues conventions to reject blues sensibility. To sing the blues is a way of transcending pain by confronting it with dignity, but Janis wanted nothing less than to scream it out of existence." - Rolling Stone, 1976

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Today In History
15 May 2015 @ 6:39 am

The Hells Angels present in tear-ass sound and color: Big Brother and The Holding Company, May 15th, 1968. "As for Janis, she was to the Hells Angels what a sweetheart is to Sigma Chi." - Al Aronowitz

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Quote of the Day
13 May 2015 @ 7:47 am

"She defies key. Shrieking over one line, sputtering over the next, and clutching the knees of a final stanza, begging it not to leave. When it does leave anyway, she stands like an assertive young tree, smiling breathlessly at the audience, which has just exploded. Janis Joplin can sing the chic off any listener." - Richard Goldstein, Vogue May 1968

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Quote of the Day
15 April 2015 @ 7:29 am

"Her voice rises to a hoarse screech, then falls to a husky whisper whose tone promises unmentionable pleasures." - Melody Maker, 1968.

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Today In History
13 April 2015 @ 8:00 am

"Live At Winterland" was recorded at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on April 12th and 13th, 1968.

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Photo of the Day
10 April 2015 @ 7:25 am

Janis with Big Brother & The Holding Company at the Mt. Tamalpias Outdoor Theater on April 10th, 1967.

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Today In History
18 March 2015 @ 8:01 am

"Me And Bobby McGee" hit #1 on the Top 40 Charts this week in 1971.

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Phoenix Dance
11 March 2015 @ 7:47 am

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Quiksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe and The Fish, and Miller Blues Band played a benefit show to raise money for a community center in Mississippi and medical relief in North Vietnam. The show took place on March 12th, 1967 at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.

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Photo of the Day
9 March 2015 @ 8:40 am

Janis with Big Brother & The Holding Company in San Francisco, 1967.

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This Week in History
6 March 2015 @ 7:36 am

Bill Graham Presents: Big Brother & The Holding Company + Tim Buckley + Albert King at Fillmore East March 8th, 1968.

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This Week in History
2 March 2015 @ 1:36 pm

Janis and Big Brother & The Holding Company played two nights at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit this week in 1968.

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Quote of the Day
27 February 2015 @ 7:37 am

"She's a thoughtful, shy, slightly cynical girl who has no illusions about what she is doing musically, and not too sure about where it's all going to lead." - Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 17 August 1968

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Quote of the Day
25 February 2015 @ 8:21 am

"I talk to the audience, look into their eyes. I need them and they need me." - Janis Joplin, Passionate and Sloppy, Time, 1968

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Quote of the Day
23 February 2015 @ 7:31 am

"Hippies believe the world could be a better place. Beatniks believe things aren't going to get better and say the hell with it, stay stoned and have a good time." - Janis Joplin, Time, August 9, 1968

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Photo of the Day
18 February 2015 @ 7:30 am

Rolling Stone, February 1968.

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Quote of the Day
16 February 2015 @ 8:16 am

"The road is just a hassle, the only thing you got out of it that's groovy is playing. Any musician that I see that's working, especially those six-day weeks, they're only doing it for their music, there's no other reason, no money is worth that grief, man." - Janis to Rolling Stone, published in 1972.

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Quote of the Day
2 February 2015 @ 8:32 am

"Strangely enough, and perhaps fortunately for Janis, all this reading, absorption and general intellectual turn of mind did not intrude on her singing and songwriting, which always remained very basic, gutsy, immediate and devoid of reflection." - Rolling Stone February 1972.

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Quote of the Day
30 January 2015 @ 7:39 am

Janis on being "untrained" musicians: "We;re passionate and sloppy. I'm 'untutored native folk talent' - I like that phrase, it's so pretenious." - Janis Joplin, Passionate and Sloppy, Time, 1968

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This Week in History
28 January 2015 @ 8:01 am

Janis performed one of her first shows with Big Brother & The Holding Company this week in 1967. The band played at the Mantra-Rock Dance on January 29th at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. Other guests included Allen Ginsberg and The Grateful Dead.

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Quote of the Day
26 January 2015 @ 7:54 am

"Full Tilt Boogie with Janis out front of them really is one shit of a good band. Like perfect gentlemen with impeccable courtesy they always allow Janis to lead them." - Hugh Nolan, Janis Joplin: Pearl, International Times, 1971

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Monterey Pop Festival
21 January 2015 @ 7:46 am

"I very much remember her playing in the sunshine, and everyone really not just excited but kind of flabbergasted at how intense it was." - Robert Christgau, a former reporter with Esquire, speaking with NPR's "All Things Considered" about Janis Joplin and Big Brother & The Holding Company's 1967 Montery Pop Festival performance.

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Pearl
9 January 2015 @ 9:29 am

"This is not a new Janis, but a redefined, more organized, old Janis. Her good and her bad vocal habits are still the same, but they are tempered by updated goals and surroundings." - Rolling Stone on the posthumous release of Janis Joplin’s "Pearl", released January 11th, 1971.

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Time Magazine
5 January 2015 @ 7:32 am

Janis was featured on Time Magazine’s January 1988 issue reflecting on the year 1968: “The Year That Shaped A Generation”.

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Today in History
1 December 2014 @ 8:36 am

Today in 1968 was Janis' last performance with Big Brother and the Holding Company in San Franciso.

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Tina Turner
28 November 2014 @ 8:12 am

"Currently, Tina Turner is my biggest influence," she said quite frankly. "I saw her a short while ago and I realised that this was what I'm trying to do. I mean, she just comes on stage and aaaagh! She hits you right there. That's what I want to do. There's no other significance or anything, I'm just trying to give people enjoyment." - Janis on Tina Turner's influence, 1968.

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Quote of the Day
21 November 2014 @ 7:29 am

"Her voice rises to a hoarse screech, then falls to a husky whisper whose tone promises unmentionable pleasures." - Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 17 August 1968

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"Cheap Thrills" Review
14 November 2014 @ 7:20 am

"On 'Ball and Chain' a JJ showcase, earth shaking, reverberating feedback shakes everything but JJ's sex-powered boosted voice. Dig that the greatest electronic feedback record of all isn't a psychedelic freak record but a blues one. Sell anything to get this one." - International Times' review of "Cheap Thrills", October 1968.

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Quote of the Day
20 October 2014 @ 7:41 am

"Something's gonna happen... it isn't just going to carry on like this. Something's gonna happen... either we are all going to go broke and split up, or else we'll get rich and famous." - Janis, 1966

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Quote of the Day
15 October 2014 @ 8:20 am

"It is a voice that cuts you like a razor, but you can still hear the innocence in it, a claim to purity that soars out of the garbage of her throat, carrying evil harmonies. When Janis sings, it's as if she'd calling out to you from the second-story window of a bordello, inviting you up." - Al Aronowitz, Life Magazine, 1968

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Quote of the Day
13 October 2014 @ 8:28 am

"I want a bigger band with higher highs, a bigger ladder. And I want more bottom - I want an incredible amount of bottom. I want more noise. When I do a rock tune I want it to be so HUGE..." - Janis Joplin in Life Magazine, 1968

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Newport Folk Festival
24 September 2014 @ 7:50 am

"They were great. I mean they couldn't have been greater if I'd invented them myself. But they are a bit too, you know, serious." - Janis Joplin on the audience at the Newport Folk Festival (Source: Janis Joplin, Lock Up Your Sons, Melody Maker, 1968.)

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Quote of the Day
22 September 2014 @ 7:31 am

"They came to see me once recently and they seemed pleased I was a success. That's all. Everyone had got so used to the idea I was a failure and now suddenly there I was, obviously a success." - Janis Joplin on her parents opinion (Source: Janis Joplin, Lock Up Your Sons, Melody Maker, 1968.)

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Today in History
7 August 2014 @ 7:40 am

What a week for shows for Janis! This one was from a 1966 outing with the Grateful Dead near the beginning of Janis' tenure with Big Brother and the Holding Company.

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Photo of the Day
14 July 2014 @ 8:38 am

This iconic Janis photo was taken by Jim Marshall before she took the stage at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco in 1968. Let us know who took some of your favorite Janis photos in the comments.

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This Week in History
2 July 2014 @ 8:51 am

Janis and Big Brother packed up and moved to Lagunitas, CA this week in 1966.

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Today In History
23 June 2014 @ 7:15 am

On June 23 in 1968, Janis and Big Brother & The Holding Company performed at the Carousel Ballroom. The show was recorded by Owsley Stanley - this, of course, became Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968.

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Today In History
18 June 2014 @ 8:35 am

On June 18, 1968, Janis performed at the opening of the Fillmore West with Big Brother & the Holding Company. Janis once said about her first time with the band:

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Today In History
17 June 2014 @ 3:49 pm

The legendary Monterey Pop Festival performance occurred on June 17, 1967! Director Sean Durkin describes the "Ball 'n' Chain" scene in D.A. Pennebaker's documentary Monterey Pop for the Criterion Collection

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Today In History
10 June 2014 @ 10:37 am

On June 10, 1966 Janis had her first performance with Big Brother & The Holding Company at the Avalon Ballroom. #JuneIsForJanis

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Quote of the Day
9 June 2014 @ 7:55 am

"Blazing blue eyes, tangled dirty blonde hair, raunchy hoarse voice... Janis socked her bluesy voice into the soul of everyone who listened to her." - an uncredited writer in Flip, December 1968

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Today In History
4 June 2014 @ 10:01 am

Today in 1966, Janis Joplin arrived in San Francisco to join Big Brother & The Holding Company. The rest, as they say, is history... #JuneIsForJanis

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Quote of the Day
2 June 2014 @ 5:44 pm

"Blazing blue eyes, tangled dirty blonde hair, raunchy hoarse voice... Janis socked her bluesy voice into the soul of everyone who listened to her." - Flip Magazine, 1968. Post the title of the first Janis song you ever heard in the comments.

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Quote of the Day
19 May 2014 @ 9:01 am

"The significance of Janis wasn't really what she did (how she sang); what mattered was who she was, and where. A plain and awkward Texan girl, blossoming on San Francisco dope and indulgence - she was a symbol for every kid loser in '60s America: the dumpy dropout who'd made it, become beautiful and happy and free." - Simon Frith, Let It Rock, April 1975

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Quote of the Day
28 April 2014 @ 8:51 am

"It was obvious that a real emotional understanding existed between Janis and the band - an unspoken electricity - and that Big Brother was often capable of pushing her beyond her normal boundaries. Considering the passion with which she attacked everything she did, that's no small testimony." - Ben Edmonds, Creem, August 1972.

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Live at Winterland '68
11 April 2014 @ 8:06 am

On April 12th and 13th in 1968 Live at Winterland '68 was recorded at Winterland Ballroom.

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Legends are Forever
7 April 2014 @ 4:08 am

Today in 1968, Janis 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.

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Today in History
14 March 2014 @ 11:59 am

Today in 1971 "Me and Bobby McGee" became the #1 single in the US - on the posthumously released Pearl. It was Janis' only #1 hit.

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Quote of the Day
12 March 2014 @ 8:16 am

"[A friend] told me Big Brother was looking for a chick singer, so I thought I'd give it a try... I don't know what happened." ...

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Concert Poster
10 March 2014 @ 7:59 am

Janis Joplin concert poster from 1968 with Albert King and Tim Buckley.

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Cheap Thrills
3 March 2014 @ 12:27 pm

Cheap Thrills was recorded this month in 1968!

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Today in History
26 February 2014 @ 7:25 am

Janis' last release, Pearl, reached #1 on the Billboard charts this week in 1971.

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Quote of the Day
21 February 2014 @ 7:25 am

"Janis assaults a song with her eyes, her lips; and her hair. She defies key." ...

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Pearl
3 February 2014 @ 3:51 pm

Celebrate the anniversary of the release of Pearl this week in 1971. Put on your copy of the album and let the feeling sink in. http://bit.ly/1fhPeuA

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Today in 1966
12 December 2012 @ 12:18 pm

Recording Sessions take place for Big Brother & The Holding Company's debut album on Mainstream Records with producer Bob Shad.

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