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9 news items tagged as John Byrne Cooke:



Quote of the Day
22 April 2016 @ 9:00 am

"As probably the most prominent female performer of the hippie era, she's also a figure of abiding relevance for the various waves of feminism that have come ashore since her untimely death, a few of them arguably stirred up by the deep-water maelstrom of her voice." - Texas Observer, April 1969

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Quote of the Day
3 February 2016 @ 8:11 am

"Female vocalists in the big band era learned how to sing while smiling all the time like an ad for toothpaste. But Janis is not Rosemary Clooney. Onstage, her expression reveals what she's putting into a song." - John Byrne Cooke

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Quote of the Day
8 January 2016 @ 7:45 am

"Janis is sympathetic to the anticommercial ethic that pervades the San Francisco music scene. She is devoted to the communal spirit that the bands share." - John Byrne Cooke

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Mercedez Benz
11 December 2015 @ 8:32 am

"At Sunset Sound, Janis sang it one day on the spur of the moment and it was captured by the safety tape, a quarter-inch tape left running during the sessions lest a good riff or a good idea be otherwise lost." - John Byrne Cooke on Janis' recording of "Mercedez Benz"

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Quote of the Day
16 November 2015 @ 9:09 am

"... When it comes time for her to sing, she steps up the microphone and gives it everything she's got." - John Byrne Cooke

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Quote of the Day
14 October 2015 @ 7:11 am

"The only thing I can say - and it's way too simple - is that an effective singer involves you in the emotional content of the song. Janis did that. She made every song biography. From the git-go, Janis grabbed you." - John Byrne Cooke

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Quote of the Day
13 July 2015 @ 7:59 am

"It was Janis who took the audience's breath away at Monterey, this Texas white girl who belts the rocking blues like no one else, propelled by one of the founding bands of the San Francisco sound." - John Byrne Cooke

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Quote of the Day
27 May 2015 @ 10:23 am

"Her ability to summon a definitive vocal rarely fails her. She lays down a couple of takes and all you have to do is choose between them, weighing the small variations." - John Byrne Cooke

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On the Road with Janis Joplin
22 January 2015 @ 4:38 pm

Now available, John Byrne Cooke's memoir of his years as Janis Joplin's road manager. Learn more here, or get it here.

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