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Quote of the Day
20 February 2017 @ 7:24 am

"Rock's hottest mama[!]" - UnCut

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Today in History
17 February 2017 @ 6:43 am

49 years ago today, Big Brother and The Holding Company began their East Coast Tour at the Anderson Theater in NY!

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Quote of the Day
15 February 2017 @ 6:46 am

"Janis belted blues like no white girl I had ever heard. Janis was unforgettable - she was an amazing talent - the first I had encountered. She flew in the face of the perfect '50s homemaker.” - writer Holly George-Warren paraphrasing a fellow journalist and photographer who knew Joplin in her early days in Austin, Texas

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Quote of the Day
8 February 2017 @ 7:11 am

"All at once, she tried to gather all of her audience inside herself, settling for nothing less: squeezing her voice dry, her arms pumping, her hands in fists. She stumbled back from the microphone, as if at the rate of her and her band's own decibel volume. Then, somehow, and there's no way to explain how it was achieved, the sound focused, and pointed down the auditorium like a locomotive, directed at and then into us in the audience. That is what couldn't be heard on record." - The Guardian, 1970

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Quote of the Day
6 February 2017 @ 7:33 am

"Janis was the only rock star I saw who ever actually hung out with the locals on tour. No roadies, no bodyguard, no hippy courtiers - just Janis. Janis was utterly democratic. She would engage in conversation with absolutely anyone." - MOJO

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Quote of the Day
3 February 2017 @ 10:20 am

"You planning on having a long relationship with that glass or are you going to drink it? Drink up, man. Maybe we can get another." - Janis Joplin, 1970.

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Quote of the Day
1 February 2017 @ 7:50 am

"I say you should be consistent. Be shitty all the time! Then you can be a genuine outlaw and proud of yourself." - Janis Joplin on being tough and making friends with the Hells Angels, 1969.

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Quote of the Day
30 January 2017 @ 10:27 am

"No one expected me to be a singer. My parents wanted me to be a sociology teacher, but up to a couple of years ago I was a complete failure. Then I started singing with this band and like, wow!" - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
27 January 2017 @ 8:10 am

"If Janis Joplin enjoyed a fiery and passionate time in her private life, she was equally likely to be discovered in a quiet corner, reading." - Uncut, 1998.

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Quote of the Day
25 January 2017 @ 6:47 am

"My god, will you just look at that, it's fuckin' fantastic!" - Janis Joplin said while peeking through stage curtains and seeing how many people were in the crowd, 1969

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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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Happy Birthday, Janis!
19 January 2017 @ 6:50 am

"Even when I was 10 or 12 years old and first heard her sing - you knew she was feeling what she was singing. And I knew she was funny, because every picture I'd seen of her growing up, she was always laughing, like she was having a good life." - Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power

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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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#FashionFriday
13 January 2017 @ 9:34 am

"[Janis] had no fear in what she wore. She mixed and matched all the wrong things in her outfits but always pulled it off. She clearly did not believe in 'the rules.'" - Guns Germs $teal

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Quote of the Day
9 January 2017 @ 8:07 am

"One of the leading blues and rock singers." - New York Times, 1969

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Quote of the Day
6 January 2017 @ 8:39 am

"It's like your very first date. The very first one." - Janis describes her excitement about performing in England for the first time to The Guardian, 1970

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Quote of the Day
4 January 2017 @ 8:25 am

"[Janis is an] extraordinary, galvanic power." - MOJO, 1994

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Quote of the Day
2 January 2017 @ 10:55 am

"[She was] a nubile hippy goddess, the ecstatic child-woman of your outrageous fantasies, the distillation of everything Haight-Ashbury stood for." - David Dalton on seeing Janis in 1966.

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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
30 December 2016 @ 9:24 am

"I'm selling my soul [to you]!" - Janis on performing live.

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Quote of the Day
28 December 2016 @ 9:11 am

"[Janis was] a woman who could bellow and cry and stamp and then turn around and go achingly tender." - Washington Post

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Quote of the Day
26 December 2016 @ 8:38 am

"[Janis is] the Judy Garland of rock." - The Guardian, 1970.

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Happy Birthday...
23 December 2016 @ 8:30 am

Happy birthday, Jorma Kaukonen! Give 'The Typerwriter Tape' a spin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO2mWTpcb48

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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
19 December 2016 @ 7:47 am

"Get stoned, stay happy and have a good time." - Janis Joplin

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Pearl
14 December 2016 @ 11:53 am

"This is the Janis the world knows as Pearl. The feathers, the bells, the slingback shoes always looked suspiciously mature on Janis - like a child's put-on. The way she shuffled about in her pointy heels gave her outfit the effect of 'dressing up'. Pearl was a child's idea of an adult - a movie star." - David Dalton on the birth of "Pearl."

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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
9 December 2016 @ 9:17 am

"When I get scared or worried, I tell myself: 'Just have a good time'. So I juice up real good and that's just what I have."- Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
7 December 2016 @ 10:33 am

"Janis is standing in front of [a] vehicle, an elongated '40s airport car, smoking a cigar and swigging from a bottle." - MOJO describes seeing Janis in person for the first time in San Francisco.

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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
2 December 2016 @ 8:37 am

"Janis abandoned modesty and dignity both, which is why she now sounds so naked and so far away. She belongs irrevocably to the '60s but that doesn't mean that she no longer has anything to say to us, or that her voice doesn't come howling down the years as a still unfulfilled yelp of desire, a wordless howl thrown after the disappearing back of a freedom big enough to match her need." - MOJO

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Quote of the Day
30 November 2016 @ 9:45 am

"She is original. She hides nothing. She must touch and breathe on everyone she confronts; and so she does." - The Guardian, 1969

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Quote of the Day
28 November 2016 @ 9:33 am

"I don't think I'm a very special kind of person. But I don't think you'll find another person to try so hard." - Janis Joplin

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Happy Birthday...
27 November 2016 @ 9:31 am

Happy birthday, Jimi Hendrix!

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Happy birthday, Tina Turner!
26 November 2016 @ 9:26 am

"She's fantastic - the best chick ever. Fantastic singer, great dancer, fantastic show." - Janis Joplin on Tina Turner

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

"She'd morphed from the radiant child I knew in San Francisco into a kind of psychedelic Queen Victoria - wreathed in multi-coloured boas and wearing purple-tinted granny glasses." - David Dalton, MOJO

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Quote of the Day
23 November 2016 @ 10:15 am

"Playing isn't necessarily about happiness. It's about letting yourself feel all those things you have on the inside of you, but you're trying to push them aside because they don't make for polite conversation." - Janis Joplin

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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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#FashionFriday
18 November 2016 @ 7:43 am

"Janis embodied the quintessential hippie in both her spirit and style and that is definitely a torch I aspire to carry" - Pearl Charles on Janis' style. Read the full interview with Made For Pearl's Pearlette: http://found.ee/PearlCharles

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Quote of the Day
16 November 2016 @ 7:23 am

"The only reason I can sing is because I close my eyes and [those] feelings just come out." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
14 November 2016 @ 8:02 am

"[She is] a nubile hippy goddess, ecstatic child-woman of your outrageous fantasies, the distillation of everything Haight-Ashbury stood for: pure kozmic joy, jumping-out-of-your-skin energy, and dish-ran-away-with-the-spoon looniness." - David Dalton, "Janis Joplin: Soul Sacrifice"

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Quote of the Day
11 November 2016 @ 10:02 am

"When you get up there and you're playing, it doesn't have anything to do with money." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
9 November 2016 @ 9:29 am

"Ultimately I think that's what people in music are after - you can't stay in your hometown and play because the two people get tired of seeing you." - Janis on the being in a traveling band.

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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
4 November 2016 @ 9:04 am

"It's hard to do just one because you want to do more." - Janis on the joy of performing live.

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Quote of the Day
2 November 2016 @ 12:03 pm

"[She] gave herself up to her music - and kept on giving." - MOJO

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Quote of the Day
31 October 2016 @ 8:28 am

"Janis was exhausted but excited; the rain dance had worked. As Janis and the band left the stage in the eternal rock pantomime of unplugging guitars, the crowd howled for more." - Rolling Stone, August 1970

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Quote of the Day
28 October 2016 @ 9:32 am

"I'm a strong believer in magic. I'd fly across the country to see Otis for ten minutes. I'd go see Little Richard anywhere, I'd go see Tina [Turner] anywhere, because they work, they happen, they're electric, they're exciting, they sweat for you. Fuck, they're so great, man. I just love 'em." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
26 October 2016 @ 7:22 am

"Most of my biggest problems now are what color scheme to use on my next string of beads." - Janis to Rolling Stone, 1970

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Quote of the Day
24 October 2016 @ 8:29 am

"They threw these musicians at me, man, and the sound was coming from behind, the bass was charging me, and I decided then and there, that was it, I never wanted to do anything else. It was better than it had been with any man, you know?” - Janis Joplin

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Diva of the Haightgeist
21 October 2016 @ 7:59 am

"Here comes Janis Joplin, diva of the Haightgeist, a living, breathing R. Crumb hippy chick in blue jeans and peasant blouse, cascading with beads and baubles. Rings encrusting her fingers and as many bracelets encircling her arms as a Kafir bride..." - MOJO

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Quote of the Day
19 October 2016 @ 7:35 am

"At times, the brutal screech of her high-octave screams would slit jagged paths through the dark smoke-filled hollow of the Fillmore, almost forcing you to sink back in your seat." - Columbia Daily Spectator

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Quote of the Day
17 October 2016 @ 9:03 am

"The mark of great talent, creative talent and original talent is also in its difficulty to copy that talent. And I think that's what Janis has." - Bill Graham

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Quote of the Day
12 October 2016 @ 9:37 am

"It was impossible not to feel her when the silky traces of her stage pleadings wrapped themselves around you." - Columbia Daily Spectator, 1970

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Quote of the Day
10 October 2016 @ 9:18 am

"Maybe I won't last as long as other singers, but I think you can destroy your [life] worrying about tomorrow." - Janis Joplin

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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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Quote of the Day
3 October 2016 @ 4:10 pm

"I'd never seen a hippie dance before, man, and then I was up there in the middle of one. I couldn't believe it - all that rhythm and power. I got stoned just feeling it, it was so sensual, so vibrant, loud, crazy! I couldn't hear myself, so I sang louder and louder, by the end I was wild." - Janis to Record Mirror, 1969

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Quote of the Day
30 September 2016 @ 7:04 am

"In the feminist movement's nascent years, Joplin was the dominant force on stage, not a back-up singer." - PBS

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Quote of the Day
26 September 2016 @ 8:49 am

"It scarcely needs to be stated, then, that Joplin had ambition in spades, though her conservative hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, was not the place to act on it." - Variety, September 2015

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Quote of the Day
23 September 2016 @ 7:36 am

"Along with fellow band beatnik-reading high school students, she pursued the non-traditional via arts and literature, especially music." - MTV

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Quote of the Day
21 September 2016 @ 7:47 am

"Along with James Gurley, whom he wouldn't actually meet until later, Albin was among the first on the San Francisco scene to see and hear Janis Joplin sing." - Goldmine, September 1998.

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#FlashbackFriday
16 September 2016 @ 7:57 am

A young Janis.

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Quote of the Day
14 September 2016 @ 9:17 am

"What I'm doing is a product of my own head, not of my own culture." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
14 September 2016 @ 9:17 am

"What I'm doing is a product of my own head, not of my own culture." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
12 September 2016 @ 8:28 am

"Entertainingly, Joplin rarely seemed to dress down." - Uncut, 2015

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Festival Express
9 September 2016 @ 10:57 am

"It was the Lollapalooza of its day - a week-long, three-date circus of a rock and roll tour featuring The Band, Buddy Guy, Janis Joplin, Delaney & Bonnie, the Grateful Dead and native Canuck one-hit-wonders Mashmakhan." - Barney Hoskyns on "Festival Express," September 2004

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Quote of the Day
5 September 2016 @ 12:08 pm

"She was a very fierce, beautiful bright light that burned out way, way too quickly." - Rosanne Cash

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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
31 August 2016 @ 8:11 am

"With the same abandon that she sang, she drove her Porsche through the hills of San Francisco, a fast looking car, decorated with psychedelic butterflies." - The New York Times, 1970

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Quote of the Day
29 August 2016 @ 7:51 am

"Janis Joplin brought her powerful, bluesy voice from Texas to San Francisco's psychedelic scene, where she went from drifter to superstar." - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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#FlashbackFriday
26 August 2016 @ 12:35 pm

Janis hanging out with Big Brother and the Holding Company drummer, Dave Getz.

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Quote of the Day
23 August 2016 @ 8:56 pm

"They were grateful to Janis for taking them away from where they were and putting their heads somewhere else, and they showed it." - Rolling Stone, August 1970

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Quote of the Day
22 August 2016 @ 8:00 am

"Janis was utterly democratic. She would engage in conversation with absolutely anyone." - David Dalton

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#FlashbackFriday
19 August 2016 @ 6:56 am

Janis with her manager, Albert Grossman.

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This Week in History
17 August 2016 @ 7:51 am

"Indeed, in the voice of a talent like Joplin in concert, music is different. It's redemption, salvation, deliverance, release, and emancipation all at once." - PopMatters on "Janis Joplin: The Woodstock Experience."

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Quote of the Day
15 August 2016 @ 7:40 am

"Janis: the merry, bawdy, rowdy middle-finger-giver to rectitude and thoughtfulness." - Vanity Fair

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Today in History
12 August 2016 @ 1:27 pm

"Joplin's show at Harvard Stadium was only supposed to be for a crowd of 10,000. Instead, almost 40,000 fans packed in to see that performance." - WBUR 90.9 FM on Janis’ final public concert appearance on this day in 1970.

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Today in History - Bessie Smith
8 August 2016 @ 8:43 am

"The greatest blues singer in the world will never stop singing."

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#FlashbackFriday
5 August 2016 @ 8:51 am

Janis at The Fillmore in San Francisco.

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Quote of the Day
1 August 2016 @ 8:13 am

"Janis saw me as I was and loved me as I was. I didn’t need to be a Southern belle to be worthy of her unlimited affection. Throughout her career she gave to her fans in the same way. In her own stumbling, determined fashion, she let them know that all were worthy of total acceptance and love just because of who they were." - Laura Joplin

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Quote of the Day
29 July 2016 @ 9:58 am

"Perhaps the most important singer of her generation, she had become a full-fledged rock and roll phenomenon and a beacon of counter-cultural style." - Sotheby's

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Quote of the Day
27 July 2016 @ 8:49 am

"She truly came alive and electric on stage, which is one of the main reasons she still enjoys such a legendary reputation as an artist. Joplin offered everything to her audiences." - PopMatters

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Quote of the Day
25 July 2016 @ 8:42 am

"She was also the only woman to achieve that kind of stature in what was basically a male club, the only Sixties culture hero to make visible and public women's experience of the quest for individual liberation, which was very different from men's." - Rolling Stone

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Quote of the Day
22 July 2016 @ 7:34 am

"As much as Janis was tethered to her conservative upbringing, she made incredible strides, not only for women in music but also for music in general." - Paste Magazine

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Quote of the Day
20 July 2016 @ 9:21 am

"Her raspy blues-rock was the soundtrack to San Francisco's summer of love." - The Guardian

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#FlashbackFriday
15 July 2016 @ 8:35 am

Janis with her family #FlashbackFriday

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Quote of the Day
13 July 2016 @ 7:16 am

"She was a pioneer, one of the early women in rock-and-roll to go out there big time in front of a band and hang it out all alone. And she slung it from the heart - and isn't it the stuff of the heart, far more than of the head, that lasts?" - Washington Post

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Quote of the Day
11 July 2016 @ 8:30 am

"Her last album, 1970’s 'Pearl,' was by far her most nuanced and best. There's so much we never got to hear." - Boston Globe

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Quote of the Day
8 July 2016 @ 9:20 am

"She pursued a life bent on appeasing her gut-level desire to know the soul." - Laura Joplin

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Quote of the Day
6 July 2016 @ 6:30 am

"Her voice was rough around the edges and unmistakable. Joplin sang the blues, and she subjected herself to them. She was vulnerable, and she was a pioneer for women in rock." - NPR

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Quote of the Day
4 July 2016 @ 7:12 am

"Unpolished even in terms of the era, Joplin broke ground for every female rock and pop performer in her wake and did it in the course of an absurdly short career." - News Observer

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#FlashbackFriday
1 July 2016 @ 6:40 am

Janis and her pal, Pigpen.

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Quote of the Day
29 June 2016 @ 9:13 am

"All her life Janis had craved freedom. It was her banner, her sword, her proudest description, and her most misunderstood goal." - Laura Joplin

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Quote of the Day
27 June 2016 @ 8:36 am

"Everyone from Kim Gordon to Pink has given Joplin props for paving the way as a woman in a male-dominated rock climate, and the singer's raw delivery continues to resonate." - Rolling Stone, 2015

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Quote of the Day
24 June 2016 @ 7:03 am

"On the surface, she seemed the perfect icon for stardom in the late Sixties: She fit no standard of beauty yet exuded a raw sensuality that mirrored a movement which rejected societal standards by creating its own." - Austin Chronicle, 1996

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Quote of the Day
22 June 2016 @ 3:09 pm

"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." - MOJO, June 2000

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Quote of the Day
20 June 2016 @ 8:19 am

"Janis Joplin didn't merely possess a great instrument; she threw herself into every syllable, testifying from the very core of her being." - MTV

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Quote of the Day
15 June 2016 @ 8:24 am

"A woman who could bellow and cry and stamp and then turn around and go achingly tender. Someone who could sing up every song any truck driver ever knew. Someone in whom there seemed so much need, which somehow she transformed to our need." - Washington Post, 1998

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Quote of the Day
13 June 2016 @ 9:24 am

"There were other talented white female blues-rock singers in the late '60s and early '70s - Bonnie Bramlett, Tracy Nelson, Bonnie Raitt - but they survived, continued recording and are today admired veterans. Janis Joplin, however, was frozen in time and will always be championed as something a bit more than human." - Paste Magazine, June 2005

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#FlashbackFriday
10 June 2016 @ 8:50 am

Today marks 50 years since Janis made her debut with Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.#FlashbackFriday #JanisHistory

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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
6 June 2016 @ 9:42 am

"She'd start with her heart and soul in torment and then have to ratchet things up further." - Los Angeles Times

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Quote of the Day
1 June 2016 @ 10:15 pm

"Joplin was dubbed the first queen of rock 'n' roll, and her voice is singular. She was rough around the edges, vulnerable and charismatic, and she paved the way for countless women in rock." - NPR, 2013

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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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Quote of the Day
27 May 2016 @ 8:43 pm

"Joplin soars on 'Pearl,' whether spinning gospel with soul or flexing a bluesy muscle on sturdy rockers or giving her big voice a workout on everything from country to R&B." - Ultimate Classic Rock

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Grace Slick
25 May 2016 @ 8:44 am

"The shocking sound of our voices. We weren't glam. We were crazed and enraged, which connected. My voice was icy cool and piercing, and Janis's was shrill and fire hot. We were different but the same." - Grace Slick on what made her and Janis stand out.

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Quote of the Day
23 May 2016 @ 3:05 pm

"The truth that she found was in her music. She gave up everything for it because she found nothing else like it. She found a new reality for herself while she was singing, and when she was tuned in to that power, she gave pure love to her audience." - Laura Joplin

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Quote of the Day
20 May 2016 @ 12:44 pm

"Joplin rides the rollercoaster of heartache and makes sure you're in the passenger seat. You know there is very real sincerity behind her words." - Clash

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Quote of the Day
18 May 2016 @ 1:07 pm

"It is absolutely certain that she was not about to change for anyone." - Texas Monthly, 1992

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Quote of the Day
16 May 2016 @ 3:11 pm

"Her wailing rendition of 'Ball and Chain' signaled the arrival of a feisty blues shouter who made up in attitude what she may have lacked in technique." - BBC Music, 2008 Listen here: http://found.ee/BallChainSpotify

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Quote of the Day
13 May 2016 @ 3:58 pm

"She was a groundbreaking vocalist who influenced music, as we know it, in immeasurable ways." - HelloGiggles, 2015

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Quote of the Day
29 April 2016 @ 7:45 am

"Joplin's tenure with Big Brother may have been brief, lasting only from 1966 to 1968, but it yielded a pair of albums that included the milestone Cheap Thrills." - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Quote of the Day
25 April 2016 @ 8:54 am

"Janis Joplin was arguably the female voice of the sixties Rock revolution." - Rock Cellar Magazine

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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
20 April 2016 @ 8:52 am

"Singing soul and rhythm and blues covers, as well as her own song Work Me, Lord, Joplin dispelled English reserve, rousing the crowd to their feet for the entirety of her hour long set, and leaving." - RoyalAlbertHall.com on her April 21st performance in 1969.

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Quote of the Day
18 April 2016 @ 8:24 am

"She fascinated as much for her natural vocal talents as for her prodigious exhaustion of those talents by singing too long, too hard, too rough." - Variety, April 2001

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Quote of the Day
15 April 2016 @ 7:40 am

"The band started to adapt their set around Janis' voice, slowing down their material and leaving room for her improvisations." - Uncut on Janis' early days with Big Brother and the Holding Company, 2015

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Pearl
13 April 2016 @ 8:04 am

"Now known as a Joplin classic, this posthumous release peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and remained there for nine weeks, capturing some of her best-loved performances, including 'Mercedes Benz' and Kris Kristofferson's 'Me and Bobby McGee.'" - UltimateClassicRock.com, 2012

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Quote of the Day
11 April 2016 @ 9:39 am

"You mustn't compromise and you don't have to. I'm a living example of that." - Janis Joplin to Record Mirror, 1969

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Quote of the Day
8 April 2016 @ 11:05 am

"It's hard to imagine in the age of Taylor, Miley and Rihanna, where airbrushed looks are paramount and rebellion is curated, that an artist like Janis Joplin was ever allowed to happen." - Los Angeles Times

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Quote of the Day
6 April 2016 @ 9:36 am

"She sang songs that helped people find themselves." - Laura Joplin

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Quote of the Day
5 April 2016 @ 12:04 pm

"Her style was an extension of her personality-hippy, but no wallflower-child-and she was usually decked out in beads around her neck, wrists and fingers, flowing scarves and long loose locks, vests, feathers in her hair, tye-dye, velvet, bell-bottoms and anything else she fancied." - Urban Outfitters #BellBottomsDay

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Quote of the Day
1 April 2016 @ 3:20 pm

"She claimed the blues, soul, gospel, country and rock with unquestionable authority and verve, fearlessly inhabiting psychedelic guitar jams, back-porch roots and everything in between." - MTV

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Quote of the Day
30 March 2016 @ 9:17 am

"She tears and rages at the implacable burden of her need and her subjection until her victimhood becomes, paradoxically, a kind of triumph." - MOJO, March 1994

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Quote of the Day
28 March 2016 @ 8:41 am

"Joplin's gritty blues vocal seemed to clash with the heavy, psychedelic, free form tendencies of the group. Still, Joplin quickly adapted and once she got the hang of what Big Brother expected the lil' gal from Texas blossomed, elevating herself and the band to a new intergalactic dimension." - UltimateClassicRock.com, March 2012

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#FlashbackFriday
25 March 2016 @ 8:45 am

Janis and Jerry Garcia

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Quote of the Day
23 March 2016 @ 8:36 am

"Popular conception of Janis Joplin is that of the bluesy, boozy, hey-lawdy-mama who was a fireball onstage in a swirl of hair, sequins, fringe, and Southern Comfort." - Houston Press, March 2015

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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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Quote of the Day
18 March 2016 @ 1:05 pm

"Style-wise, she was her own masterpiece." - The Guardian, 2016

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Janis: Little Girl Blue
16 March 2016 @ 9:53 am

From behind-the-scenes moments of Joplin playing bluegrass covers with her band on the road to her iconic Monterey Pop set, she speaks from the ether through her music." -Interview Magazine on "Janis: Little Girl Blue"

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Quote of the Day
14 March 2016 @ 9:52 am

"Joplin's vocal intensity proved a perfect match for the high-energy music of Big Brother and the Holding Company, resulting in a mix of blues, folk and psychedelic rock." - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Quote of the Day
11 March 2016 @ 7:56 am

"Janis brought her roots in blues. She knew the blues, and wanted her audience to know them through her. If the audience sought to have all its senses aroused at a concert, then Janis, as trance enhancer, brought total commitment to her music." - Laura Joplin

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Quote of the Day
9 March 2016 @ 7:51 am

"Janis Joplin changed the face and sound of female singing." - Financial Times, 2016

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A Woman Left Lonely
2 March 2016 @ 9:56 am

"Janis' tendency to rush the moment of intensity is kept in check long enough for the tune to achieve a shape and a flow. By the authority of her delivery early in the tune, she earns the right to just plain rip at the close." - Rolling Stone on "A Woman Left Lonely" off of "Pearl" released this week in 1971.

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Quote of the Day
29 February 2016 @ 1:27 pm

"Janis Joplin has for decades resided in our collective memory as the '60s Belter,' swigging her Wild Turkey with her huge, wide, indiscriminately welcoming smile. Full-on swagger." - Vanity Fair, 2015

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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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Quote of the Day
17 February 2016 @ 9:21 am

"I didn't learn shit, man, I just opened my mouth and that's what I sounded like, man. You can't make up something that you don't feel." - Janis on how she learned to sing the blues.

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Quote of the Day
15 February 2016 @ 11:31 am

"Like the late Otis Redding, she has both a soft and a hard side to her voice." - The New York Times on Janis, February 1969

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Quote of the Day
10 February 2016 @ 11:47 am

"Big Brother and the Holding Company exploded on the national scene in the summer of 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival when Janis Joplin, feet slightly apart and hair streaming in the wind, tensed her slight body as for a high jump, seized the microphone and split the air into shockwaves with the first notes that bolted from her astounding throat." - Hit Parader, February 1969

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Quote of the Day
8 February 2016 @ 7:02 am

"Pellets of sweat flew from her contorted face and glittered in the beam of footlights. Janis Joplin sang with more than her voice. Her involvement was total." - New York Times, 1970

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#FriendlyFriday
5 February 2016 @ 8:12 am

Janis with Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol, and Tim Buckley.

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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
1 February 2016 @ 10:43 am

"Im just a 50s chick, but I suppose my thoughts and fantasies go that... more expansive, more abandoned time, you know?" - Janis on her love of the 1920s and 1930s

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Quote of the Day
29 January 2016 @ 8:22 am

"Joplin's name alone now serves as shorthand for a countercultural music revolution." - Los Angeles Times

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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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Quote of the Day
25 January 2016 @ 8:46 am

"Joplin found fame because of her voice - at times approximating a growling tiger - but she quickly became a potent, extra-musical symbol." - Paste Magazine, January 2015

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Quote of the Day
22 January 2016 @ 8:33 am

"Her stardom was no accident. She was ambitious. Her initial idol was Bob Dylan. But she absorbed the influences of Odetta, Bessie Smith, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin." - New York Times on Janis

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Happy Birthday, Pearl.
19 January 2016 @ 9:06 am

Celebrate by watching Janis: Little Girl Blue. Watch on demand now in the US, or in a theater near you.

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Quote of the Day
18 January 2016 @ 8:19 am

"In most pictures or videos, Joplin is seen beaming, goofing off, adorned in wonderful furs; she's a good-times symbol of hippie excess." - Elle, 2015

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#FlashbackFriday
15 January 2016 @ 8:50 am

Janis and pal, Bill Graham.

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Grace Slick
13 January 2016 @ 8:12 am

"Joplin and Slick, who remained friends for life, were the most important women in the male dominated rock upsurge of the 60's." - Examiner.com

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Janis: Little Girl Blue
6 January 2016 @ 7:08 am

"As easy as this documentary could have been about chronicling Janis' life and delivering a tightly biographical view of the singer, it's more about the sentiment than the story. 'I wanted it to stay emotional because I wanted it to be Janis that carried us through the film.' By focusing on the sentiment, Berg is able to uncover the story." - Paste Magazine speaking with Amy Berg about "Janis: Little Girl Blue"

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Quote of the Day
4 January 2016 @ 12:04 pm

"Imperfect and messy, she was a white girl who sang the blues, a wily independent figure who predated equal rights, an artist brave enough to lay herself bare in song then pay the ultimate price for that fearlessness." - Los Angeles Times, 2015

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Quote of the Day
28 December 2015 @ 6:53 am

"The breakout star was undoubtedly Joplin, one of the most dynamic singers of her generation who set the template for anyone standing behind a microphone." - UltimateClassicRock.com, 2015

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Quote of the Day
23 December 2015 @ 8:41 am

"Capable of both a respectful rendering of George and Ira Gershwin's "Summertime" and a sweaty reworking of the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody," Joplin remains the ultimate rock interpreter - the iconoclast who could rewrite songs with a single scream." - Rolling Stone, December 2002

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Quote of the Day
21 December 2015 @ 8:54 am

"She set an example for all the powerful, complicated performers who came after her, who were unafraid to unleash their talent into the world and didn't fit into a ready-made mold." - Esquire, 2014

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#FlashbackFriday
18 December 2015 @ 7:39 am

#FriendlyFriday Janis performed at Madison Square Garden this weekend in 1969. Her pal, Johnny Winters made a surprise appearance.

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Quote of the Day
16 December 2015 @ 9:00 am

"Miss Joplin, a shouter of great energy, emerged a year ago as a solo performer with her own six-piece back-up band after first coming to prominence as lead singer for a raucous San Francisco rock group, Big Brother and the Holding Company." - The New York Times, December 1969.

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Quote of the Day
14 December 2015 @ 9:07 am

"I'd never seen a hippie dance before, man, and then I was up there in the middle of one. I couldn't believe it - all that rhythm and power. I got stoned just feeling it, it was so sensual, so vibrant, loud, crazy!" - Janis Joplin to Record Mirror, 1969.

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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
9 December 2015 @ 8:30 am

"Joplin leaves it all on the stage, her voice magnificent, her spirit seemingly strong." -Washington Post, 2004.

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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
2 December 2015 @ 1:56 pm

"I found she was very driven. I found she was terrified of failure and she was a loving strong woman and a very vulnerable shy woman at the same time. She was a well-rounded human being." - "Janis: Little Girl Blue" director, Amy Berg on what she learned about Janis while making the film.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
30 November 2015 @ 8:13 am

"Her legacy now reaches beyond her music to include her persona as the embodiment of freedom." - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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This Week in History
23 November 2015 @ 8:39 am

Janis made a special appearance at Tina Turner's show at Madison Square Garden this week in 1969. Were you lucky enough to be in the audience that night?

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Quote of the Day
20 November 2015 @ 7:33 am

"There's pain, joy and a sense that everything could come crashing down at any minute within her familiar rasp." - UltimateClassicRock.com

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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
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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P!nk on Janis
11 November 2015 @ 8:52 am

"Janis was fearless with her pain and with her truth." - P!nk on Janis' legacy.

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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
6 November 2015 @ 8:13 am

"Janis Joplin, the artist and the woman, was a major figure in the counterculture movement," - "Janis: Little Girl Blue" director, Amy Berg. The film is out later this month. Find a local screening here.

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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
30 October 2015 @ 11:09 am

"She made it first in San Francisco. And Monterey. She's since become just about the most talked-about chick in America, whether with the now-disbanded Big Brother and the Holding Company, or with the various groups she has formed for herself." - Record Mirror, 1969.

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Quote of the Day
28 October 2015 @ 8:24 am

"Janis felt it would be phony to just take off the grease-paint and leave all that shamanistic stuff in the dressing room. That was Vaudeville, showbiz, and our generation had bigger plans - to change the world. This wasn't to be just another rock'n'roll show, this was the ecstatic flight, the ghost dance, the song that would set you free." - MOJO

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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
23 October 2015 @ 8:38 am

"What actually happened was I heard Leadbelly when I was 15. I thought there it is, the sort of music I want, right?" - Janis on her musical beginnings.

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Quote of the Day
21 October 2015 @ 8:56 am

"By all accounts, Joplin behaved as no white woman had ever before behaved on stage - a sexed-up powerhouse who stalked the stage as if she owned it, reducing male rock critics to comically blubbering buffoons." - New York Times, 1999.

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Quote of the Day
19 October 2015 @ 8:18 am

"It was these two extremes of personality, a robust spirit and a saddening unfulfilment, that conspired to produce some of the finest recordings ever made by a white female singer." - Uncut, October 1998.

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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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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
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
2 October 2015 @ 7:18 am

"What's spectacular about this record isn't its chart success, but the fact it shows how Joplin was able to truly redefine a song as her own. Her "Summertime" is one of quiet desperation. Joplin's rasping voice may struggle to hit the high notes, but it does so brimming with emotional power." - The Telegraph on Janis' version of "Summertime"

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MOJO
30 September 2015 @ 2:18 pm

"The voice screams, shouts, bellows and stamps until Janis sounds completely beside herself, utterly spent and unprotected. There was plenty of humour in Janis Joplin but her songs, like her photographs, show a "woman left lonely" whose greatest work is almost utterly without such modern aids as irony, distance or detachment." - MOJO, 1994

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Quote of the Day
28 September 2015 @ 7:43 am

"... Janis Joplin has one of the most distinguished female voices of the decade. It is a voice that has been aged in Southern Comfort and cured with Kahlua and milk. 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." - Al Aronowitz

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Rolling Stone Review
23 September 2015 @ 7:23 am

"These San Francisco acid rockers were the most simpatico band Janis Joplin ever had, especially when its rough racket backs her up on "Piece of My Heart," perhaps her greatest recording." - Rolling Stone

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Quote of the Day
21 September 2015 @ 7:42 am

"Her wailing rendition of Ball And Chain signaled the arrival of a feisty blues shouter who made up in attitude what she may have lacked in technique." - BBC, 2008

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Quote of the Day
18 September 2015 @ 7:13 am

"Everyone who called Janis Joplin a great blues singer was wrong. She was, and is, a great rock singer. - Robert Christgau on "I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!"

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Quote of the Day
16 September 2015 @ 6:59 am

"She looks like a nature child let loose in an Eastern bazaar, swears as well as any man when she's suitably roused, likes to curl up with a bottle of Southern Comfort before a show, and is said to be able to sing two notes at once." - Record Mirror, 1969

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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
11 September 2015 @ 12:57 pm

"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 on what her parents thought of her musical successes.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
9 September 2015 @ 7:13 am

"Janis Joplin has passed into the realm of legend: an outwardly brash yet inwardly vulnerable and troubled personality who possessed one of the most passionate voices in rock history. It could be argued that her legacy has as much to do with her persona as her singing." - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Quote of the Day
7 September 2015 @ 9:08 am

"There's pain, joy and a sense that everything could come crashing down at any minute within her familiar rasp." - UltimateClassicRock.com

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Quote of the Day
4 September 2015 @ 8:06 am

"I remember when I was playing with Big Brother, sometimes I'd get so excited I'd stop singing and start jumping up and down." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
2 September 2015 @ 1:42 pm

"Miss Joplin deals in a kind of coarse, earthy blues that often evolves into an unusual form of soul music." - New York Times, 1969

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Janis on Tina Turner
28 August 2015 @ 7:32 am

"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."

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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
24 August 2015 @ 8:19 am

"A woman who could bellow and cry and stamp and then turn around and go achingly tender. Someone who could sing up every song any truck driver ever knew. Someone in whom there seemed so much need, which somehow she transformed to our need." - Washington Post on Janis, 1998

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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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Quote of the Day
19 August 2015 @ 7:27 am

"Onstage, she looked like she was bursting with passion; she meant every word she sang and touched audiences with her boundless spirit." - Bustle, 2014

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Woodstock
17 August 2015 @ 8:40 am

"Woodstock cast Joplin as a psychedelic mystic, a Hildegard von Port Arthur, belting our 100-proof canticles to Dionysus and Eros. Liberally performing from the then soon-to-be-released Kosmic Blues, Joplin gives the masses a good dose of her Soul Sacrifice." - All About Jazz on Janis' performance at Woodstock this week in 1969.

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Rolling Stone
10 August 2015 @ 10:17 am

"In its new context, her voice can go through its almost impossible series of changes: laughing and crying in the same line, singing harmony with itself, cracking up, and finally, taking off into the breathtaking and suspenseful endings, a mind-blowing collage of sound patterns that make her now, more than ever, one of the really great gospel/blues singers of all time." - Rolling Stone, August 1970

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Today In History
7 August 2015 @ 10:34 am

Janis and her pals The Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service got together to play a little benefit show for the Children's Adventure Day Camp at The Fillmore in San Francisco today in 1966.

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This Week In History
5 August 2015 @ 7:48 am

Janis made a surprise appearance at the Festival For Peace in Queens, NY this week on August 6th, 1970.

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Today In History
3 August 2015 @ 11:02 am

Janis performed at the Atlantic City Pop Festival today in 1969. Other performers included Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, Canned Heat, and Santana. Were you there? If not, read a review of the show here.

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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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#FlashbackFriday
24 July 2015 @ 7:52 am

Janis in the early days.

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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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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
8 July 2015 @ 7:38 am

"Miss Joplin is a tremendously exciting blues/rock shouter, one who has had trouble finding musicians able to weather her storm." - New York Times, 1970.

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Quote of the Day
3 July 2015 @ 8:15 am

"In its new context, her voice can go through its almost impossible series of changes: laughing and crying in the same line, singing harmony with itself, cracking up, and finally, taking off into the breathtaking and suspenseful endings, a mind-blowing collage of sound patterns that make her now, more than ever, one of the really great gospel/blues singers of all time." - David Dalton, 1970

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Today In History
1 July 2015 @ 4:03 pm

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Janis' performance at Winnipeg Stadium on July 1st of 1970.

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The Telegraph
29 June 2015 @ 7:26 am

"Her vocals - from heartfelt purr to primal roar - expressed emotion, sexuality and politics in a way which defined the sentiment of her era." - The Telegraph, 2013

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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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Quote of the Day
15 June 2015 @ 7:39 am

"...she had morphed from the radiant child I knew in San Francisco into a kind of psychedelic Queen Victoria wreathed in multi-coloured boas and wearing purple-tinted granny glasses. This is the Janis the world knows as Pearl." - MOJO, June 2000

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Caterpillar
8 June 2015 @ 8:40 am

"Well, I'll be anything that you want me to be. Baby, I'd even would be climbing up your tree." - Janis Joplin "Caterpillar"

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#FlashbackFriday
5 June 2015 @ 8:17 am

Janis at the Chelsea Hotel in June of 1970.

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Quote of the Day
3 June 2015 @ 9:42 am

"I don't think you can talk anybody into fighting against it. If they dont have it in themselves to need more. You know what I mean? Just plain need more. Then thats that. If they do need more, they'll get more. They'll demand more. You know what I mean?" - Janis Joplin

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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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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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Quote of the Day
25 May 2015 @ 12:08 pm

"I don't know what people are talking about when they say Janis was ugly. You should have seen her then, a nubile hippy goddess, the ecstatic child-woman of your outrageous fantasies, the distillation of everything Haight-Ashbury stood for: pure kozmic joy, jumping-out-of-your-skin energy, and dish-ran-away-with-the-spoon looniness." - Mojo, 2000

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Quote of the Day
22 May 2015 @ 8:19 am

"It was these two extremes of personality, a robust spirit and a saddening unfulfillment, that conspired to produce some of the finest recordings ever made by a white female singer." - Uncut, 1998

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Turtle Blues
20 May 2015 @ 7:21 am

"I guess I'm just like a turtle, That's hidin' underneath its hardened shell." - Turtle Blues

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Quote of the Day
18 May 2015 @ 6:52 am

"No, Janis was not singing explicit protest songs. But in her voice, what people heard was somebody who was refusing the status quo." - Biographer, Alice Echols.

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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
11 May 2015 @ 7:20 am

"...Janis had all of the multitude clapping and vibrating and a goodly proportion of them up and jigging in the aisles. Albert Hall staff were not a little perturbed by all this and several grey haired gentlemen were seen scurrying about trying to quell the multitudes. All to no avail, Janis was in control both physically and musically." - International Times reflecting on the April Albert Hall performance, May 9th 1969

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Quote of the Day
8 May 2015 @ 7:41 am

"You know, I have to have the umph, I've got to feel it, because if it's not getting through to me, the audience sure as hell aren't going to feel it either." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
6 May 2015 @ 7:22 am

"She was a real musician, a real artist. Our music became more arranged with her involvement." - Big Brother's Sam Andrews on Janis

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One Good Man
4 May 2015 @ 8:24 am

"Some girls they want to collect their men, They wear 'em like notches on a gun. Oh honey, but I know better than that, I know that a woman only needs one."

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Quote of the Day
29 April 2015 @ 7:28 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. You've been stung by the incredible dream mantis, pheromones of the narcoleptic love drug are coursing through your veins." - MOJO, 2000.

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Quote of the Day
24 April 2015 @ 7:28 am

"It isn't necessarily about misery, it isn't about happiness. It's just about letting yourself feel all those things you already have inside of you but are trying to push aside because they don't make for polite conversation or something." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
22 April 2015 @ 7:09 am

"...smart and funny, I think most of all, are the parts that I'd like people to know were an important part of her personality." - John Byrne Cook speaking about Janis with NPR, 2014.

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Photo of the Day
20 April 2015 @ 7:31 am

Just one look at this photo and you can feel pretty much everything. Janis at the Royal Albert Hall, April 21st, 1969.

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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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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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Quote of the Day
8 April 2015 @ 7:40 am

"In truth, Janis was far more of a beatnik than a card-carrying hippy, and, like most Beats, far more intellectual than your average tie-dyed, 'shroom-chewing pot head. She would discuss anything on earth." - David Dalton, 2000.

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Laura Joplin on Janis
6 April 2015 @ 7:34 am

"...the things I remember the most are when she was at home the year before she joined Big Brother. She was going to college, and we shared a VW Bug together. We shared clothes, because we were the same size. And we got into putting our hair up together and wearing jewelry. It was just fun. Intimate, in a girly way." - Laura Joplin on her big sister, Janis.

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Quote of the Day
3 April 2015 @ 7:36 am

"I'm just doing what I wanted to and what feels right and not settling for bullshit and it worked. How can they be mad at that?" - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
1 April 2015 @ 7:47 am

"Janis Joplin sang with more than her voice. Her involvement was total." - Reuters, 1970

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Photo of the Day
30 March 2015 @ 8:05 am

Janis at Madison Square Garden.

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Photo of the Day
27 March 2015 @ 7:26 am

Paul Morrisey, Andy Warhol, Janis, and Tim Buckley in 1969

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MOJO on Janis
25 March 2015 @ 7:21 am

"She belongs irrevocably to the '60s but that doesn't mean that she no longer has anything to say to us, or that her voice doesn't come howling down the years as a still unfulfilled yelp of desire, a wordless howl thrown after the disappearing back of a freedom big enough to match her need." - MOJO, March 1994.

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Grace Slick
23 March 2015 @ 7:27 am

Grace Slick on why her and Janis' voices had an impact on rock music: "The shocking sound of our voices. We weren't glam. We were crazed and enraged, which connected. My voice was icy cool and piercing, and Janis's was shrill and fire hot. We were different but the same." -Wall Street Journal, 2011.

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"A Report on Janis Joplin: The Judy Garland Of Rock?"
13 March 2015 @ 7:30 am

"It all takes time, she knows. Janis wants to sing and she wants other people in the band to sing, too. You get a bunch of musicians together so everybody can contribute to the final product, make it something larger than the sum." - Rolling Stone, March 1969.

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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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They say you can tell a lot about a woman by what she carries in her purse
4 March 2015 @ 7:27 am

"... guitar picks, a bottle of Southern Comfort (empty), a hip flask, an opened package of complementary macadamia nuts from American Airlines, cassettes of Johnny Cash and Otis Redding, gum, sunglasses, credit cards, aspirin, assorted pens and writing pad, a corkscrew, an alarm clock, a copy of Time, and two hefty books - Nancy Milford's biography of Zelda Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel." - David Dalton describing the contents of Janis' purse in his book, "Piece Of My Heart".

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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
20 February 2015 @ 8:00 am

"Of all the lead singers that I know, or have worked with, she was the most workable singer. I mean she was a producer's dream, for me." - Paul Rothchild

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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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Song of the Day
13 February 2015 @ 7:28 am

"Everybody's got it, They're all trying to feel it, Everybody's dancing and singing romance, And they want to feel more, baby." - Janis Joplin "Combination Of The Two"

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Quote of the Day
11 February 2015 @ 7:30 am

When asked if there are male groupies. "Not near enough." - Janis Joplin, The Dick Cavett Show, July 18th, 1969

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Quote of the Day
9 February 2015 @ 7:41 am

"Like the late Otis Redding, she has both a soft and a hard side to her voice. And like Mr. Redding, she does not sound as if she had been cast out of some sort of mold and was only there to make dance music; so many soul acts have that fault. Miss Joplin has never been better." - New York Times on Janis' performance at Fillmore East this week in 1969.

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Today In History
8 February 2015 @ 7:40 am

The Kozmic Blues Band made their debut with Janis today in 1969 as they kicked off their tour at the Fillmore East in New York. Road manager John Cooke refers to the Rindge date as a "sound test," Boston as a "preview," and Fillmore East as "opening night."

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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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Madison Square Garden
26 November 2014 @ 7:25 am

"At the Garden, Miss Joplin's accomplices gave a powerful and spontaneously happy display of brass blues and rock, and she let herself go in a very exciting way." - From the New York Times' review of Janis' show at Madison Square Garden, 1969.

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Quote of the Day
24 November 2014 @ 8:04 am

"Janis Joplin had an attractiveness that had nothing to do with having blemish-free skin or being perfectly groomed. She was someone it was easy to be drawn to. It was partly her truthfulness and her openness and a sense that she cared." - Lola Bensky

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Photo of the Day
5 November 2014 @ 7:49 am

"What a gorgeous lady to photograph" - Elliott Landy

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Festival for Peace
6 August 2014 @ 8:46 am

We could use another Festival For Peace these days. Here's Janis at the Shea Stadium event, August 6, 1970.

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Quote of the Day
21 July 2014 @ 7:37 am

"On stage, at the Albert Hall, she appeared tiny in the spotlight, wearing an electric blue jumpsuit. All at once, she tried to gather all of her audience inside herself, settling for nothing less: squeezing her voice dry, her arms pumping, her hands in fists." ...

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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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Photo of the Day
27 June 2014 @ 7:38 am

Janis with Peter Tork of The Monkees

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Photo of the Day
19 December 2013 @ 7:41 am

Janis attends the 1968 Stax/Volt Christmas Party with Sam Andrew, Rufus Thomas, Steve Cropper, Carla Thomas, and Donald "Duck" Dunn.

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Photo of the Day
31 May 2013 @ 3:48 pm

Take it easy this weekend, and turn on some Janis tunes.

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Photo of the Day
27 March 2013 @ 3:33 pm

"Love in this world is so hard to findWhen you've got yours and I got mine.That's why it looks like everybody in this whole round worldThey're down on me."

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Photo of the Day
13 March 2013 @ 8:59 am

Our girl is simply gorgeous. Photos from Woodstock.

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Photo of the Day
27 February 2013 @ 2:20 pm

True Beauty

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Photo of the Day
13 February 2013 @ 2:32 pm

True female power!

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Today in History
11 February 2013 @ 2:25 pm

The Kozmic Blues Band debuts at the Fillmore East. The Grateful Dead are the opening act.

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Photo of the Day
28 January 2013 @ 2:24 pm

By Richard Avedon

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Photo of the Day
7 December 2012 @ 4:16 pm

1968: Janis Joplin performs for the last time as a member of Big Brother & the Holding Company. Two weeks later, she debuts her new group, the Kozmic Blues Band.

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Photo of the Day
16 November 2012 @ 6:22 pm

You've got the mind like a child, girl...

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Photo of the Day
9 November 2012 @ 6:30 pm

What is Janis thinking about?

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Janis Joplin Challenge
17 October 2012 @ 2:39 pm

Name the people in this photo with Janis Joplin from left to right

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Photo of the Day
15 October 2012 @ 7:08 pm

Caption this...

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Photo of the Day
5 October 2012 @ 2:01 pm

Janis is all smiles in this photo. Share it with someone who needs a pick-me-up today.

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Trivia
1 October 2012 @ 2:40 pm

Who is next to Janis in this photo?

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Photo of the Day
28 September 2012 @ 7:25 am

Caption this!

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Photo of the Day
21 September 2012 @ 8:45 am

Caption this

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Photo of the Day
19 September 2012 @ 1:57 pm

Jimi Hendrix catches Janis on camera

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Photo of the Day
14 September 2012 @ 7:20 am

Janis enjoys a sunny day.

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Photo of the Day
7 September 2012 @ 3:07 pm

Check out today's photo...

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Photo of the Day
31 August 2012 @ 5:14 pm

Here's to the good times.

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Photo of the Day
3 August 2012 @ 2:36 pm

Janis Getting her Blues on!

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Photo of the Day
18 July 2012 @ 4:17 pm

Major credit goes to fan Jon Fortner for this amazing never before seen picture of Janis that his father took.

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Photo of the Day
11 July 2012 @ 3:23 pm

Caption this!

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