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Video of the Day
22 May 2017 @ 6:50 am

"[R]aspy voice or not, Miss Joplin had everything going for her at her British concert. She turned me back onto white soul music, and she turned a lot of other people onto letting themselves go amidst an audience." - International Times show review, 1969.

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Quote of the Day
17 May 2017 @ 7:01 am

"My god, will you just look at that, it's fuckin' fantastic." - Janis Joplin in shock at the size of the crowd to see her in 1969.

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

"All my life I just wanted to be a beatnik. Meet all the heavies, get stoned, get laid, have a good time. That's all I ever wanted." - Janis Joplin

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Video of the Day
12 May 2017 @ 7:27 am

"I always felt there was an honesty there..." - Janis Joplin on the Blues. Watch Janis talk about her love of the genre in this rare interview.

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Photo of the Day
10 May 2017 @ 6:35 am

"Eat your heart out, baby! Let's stop this bullshit and get real, man." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
8 May 2017 @ 7:03 am

"My hair isn't combed, I'm wearin' funny lookin' clothes, plus I'm wearin' feathers." - Janis talking about her look, 1970.

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Quote of the Day
1 May 2017 @ 2:59 pm

"They told me you were all going to a party tonight, man... So, I thought we'd go back to the dressing room and get it on, baby!" - Janis Joplin

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Video of the Day
28 April 2017 @ 6:47 am

"She would stand before her audience, microphone in hand, long red hair flailing, her raspy voice shrieking in rock mutations of black country blues. 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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Quote of the Day
19 April 2017 @ 6:39 am

"Janis has inspired many young women of her generation, and later ones too, to get out there and give it everything they’ve got." - John Bryne Cook, author of "On the Road with Janis Joplin"

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Quote of the Day
5 April 2017 @ 4:06 am

"The Summer Solstice... Yeah, we walked over to Haight Street and bought some wine, me and Sunshine [Linda Gravenites] and our dog George. We walked, sauntered, sashayed to Haight Street and bought a jug, that's all I remember." - Janis Joplin on San Francisco during the Summer of Love.

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Quote of the Day
29 March 2017 @ 6:33 am

"Janis was fearless with her pain and with her truth." - P!NK

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Video of the Day
24 March 2017 @ 6:13 am

"We’d go to this old coast guard shack- a tiny little building... We used to sit up [on the roof] with a candle, a bottle of Jim Beam, a couple of Cokes and sit around [talking]. We were up there one day and someone said, ‘I wish we had a record player,’ and I said, ‘I can sing.’" - Janis talking about the moment she first discovered she could sing.

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Little Richard
22 March 2017 @ 7:08 am

"[Her singing was] a sign of her possession by the Holy Spirit which she brought with her out of the south." - Little Richard on Janis Joplin’s singing.

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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
13 March 2017 @ 7:00 am

"Feeling things and really getting into it, that’s fun.” - Janis Joplin on singing.

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Quote of the Day
8 March 2017 @ 6:37 am

"Being on stage, man, rocking out, like everything else is like lookin' at yourself in the mirror." -Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
6 March 2017 @ 6:42 am

"That's the one thing I don’t like - the star trip... I’m buyin' my own drinks." - Janis Joplin on fame.

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Quote of the Day
3 March 2017 @ 6:44 am

"No, I don’t think I'm a star. I'lll never be a star like Jimi Hendrix or Bob Dylan. I figured out why - cause I tell the truth. If they want to know who I am, they ask me and I'll tell them." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
1 March 2017 @ 8:28 am

"Janis arrived in Boystown with her tough babe, one-of-the-guys, biker mama swagger." - David Dalton

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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
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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Video of the Day
13 February 2017 @ 7:02 am

12 years ago today, Janis Joplin received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award! Watch Joss Stone and Melissa Ethridge honor Janis by singing "Piece of My Heart" at the ceremony.

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#FashionFriday
10 February 2017 @ 7:40 am

"[Janis] does whatever she wants and is comfortable pushing some boundaries." - Renee Adams, Drummer of Cold Showers

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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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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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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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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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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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Now on Netflix
7 September 2016 @ 12:14 pm

"'Little Girl Blue' is a testament to the primal feminine power that she brought into the world through rock 'n roll." - BBC News, September 2015. Available now on Netflix: http://found.ee/LittleGirlNetflix

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
11 May 2016 @ 11:34 am

"She has a wide range that she knows how to use; it just happens that most of her numbers are heavy rock numbers that demand a strident treatment." - International Times, May 1969.

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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
27 April 2016 @ 8:18 am

"She was liberating us through her own musical excess." - The Guardian, April 1969

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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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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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Janis: Little Girl Blue
24 February 2016 @ 8:47 am

"As the documentary shows, Joplin fought relentlessly to be herself - a rowdy and adventurous woman who literally belted out her rage, sorrow and happiness on a world stage while simultaneously asking the world to do what her classmates, parents and neighbors never could: love her for who she was." - Los Angeles Times on "Janis: Little Girl Blue" - Catch the documentary on this season of PBS' American Masters

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
9 October 2015 @ 1:59 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." - The Guardian, 1970.

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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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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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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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Bobby McGee
31 August 2015 @ 7:40 am

"'Bobby McGee'was the song that made the difference for me. Every time I sing it, I still think of Janis." - Kris Kristofferson

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
1 June 2015 @ 9:01 am

"With Janis there's none of the tiresome 'mucker' pose affected by your generic guitar wanker in which the little savage claims to have never read a book in 'is life and proud of it, mate. Janis, on the other hand was a voracious reader. She was a devotee of the lives of pop saints." - MOJO, June 2000

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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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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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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
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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Quote of the Day
1 May 2015 @ 11:51 am

"I'd rather have ten years of superhypermost than live to be 70 sitting in some goddamn chair watching television..." - Janis Joplin to Peter Jones (Record Mirror, 1969)

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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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
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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Quote of the Day
6 February 2015 @ 8:20 am

"You can't stay in your home town and play because the two people will get tired of seeing you." - Janis Joplin, The Dick Cavett Show, July 18th, 1969

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Quote of the Day
4 February 2015 @ 8:26 am

"She's got an opinion about everything and states it forcefully, astutely, originally. When she really gets going she can weave her sentences into a stunning cascade of words that overwhelms anyone who disagrees with her." - John Byrne Cook in "On The Road With Janis Joplin"

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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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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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Quote of the Day
23 January 2015 @ 7:32 am

"You're only as much as you settle for. If they settle for being somebody's dishwasher that's their own f***ing problem. If you don't settle for that and you keep fighting it, you know, you'll end up anything you want to be." - Janis on not settling. Village Voice, 1970.

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Quote of the Day
12 January 2015 @ 7:40 am

"Janis Joplin didn't just sing a song, she took it over. She swallowed it whole, then sent it back through her gut and her heart." - NPR's Scott Simon remembers Janis Joplin in January 2003.

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Quote of the Day
7 January 2015 @ 9:16 am

"What people know is the dynamic personality on stage, and then in addition to that, the kind of brash woman of the streets, which was part of the public personality that she projected. But, you know, she was also sweet and vulnerable and compassionate." - John Byrne Cook, Janis' tour manager speaking with NPR, 2014.

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Quote of the Day
31 December 2014 @ 9:27 am

"We could have kept going, going! They loved us! What dumb asshole is on the lights?" - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
29 December 2014 @ 10:58 am

"All any girl really wants is just love and a man. But what man can put up with a rock-n-roll star?" - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
19 December 2014 @ 7:39 am

"They put me down, man, those square people in Port Arthur. They called me a slut. They threw rocks at me in class. But all I was looking for was some kind of personal freedom and other people who felt the way I did."

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Quote of the Day
17 December 2014 @ 7:45 am

"Janis reads a lot, and these books (Tender Is the Night; Look Homeward, Angel; The Crack-Up) that she lugged about with her on her journeys had a curious effect, that almost approached possession, on her subterranean personal life, their words and images, like spores falling on fertile inner tracts, pollinating her daydreams." - David Dalton on Janis. What are you reading over the holidays?

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Quote of the Day
3 December 2014 @ 7:30 am

"All of a sudden someone threw me in this rock 'n' roll band. They threw these musicians at me, man, and the sound was coming from behind... And I decided then and there that that was it. I never wanted to do anything else..." - Janis Joplin on her time with BBHC, as quoted in David Dalton's book Piece Of My Heart: A Portrait Of Janis Joplin

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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
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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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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Quote of the Day
19 November 2014 @ 7:44 am

"Janis was mesmerizing, like a white tornado." - Clive Davis, former president of Columbia Records

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Ron "Pigpen" McKernan
17 November 2014 @ 7:50 am

Janis and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan of Grateful Dead. "He's a good blues singer, but he has a terrible taste in wine." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
12 November 2014 @ 7:23 am

"I always did have a very heavy attachment for the whole Fitzgerald thing, that all-out, Full Tilt, Hell Bent Way of Living, and she and F. Scott Fitzgerald were the epitome of that whole trip, right?" - Janis to Rolling Stone.

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Quote of the Day
10 November 2014 @ 7:14 am

"I don't know what happened. I just exploded. I'd never sung like that before. I used to stand still and sing simple, but you can't sing like that in front of a rock band. You have to sing loud and move wild with all that in back of you. Now, I don't know how to perform any other way." - Janis Joplin, 1968.

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Quote of the Day
7 November 2014 @ 8:01 am

"It's life. That's what rock 'n' roll is for, turn that switch on, and man, it can all be. I hate to tell you that it can, but it could be, and you're a fool not to try. I mean you may not end up happy, but I'm fucked if I'm not going to try. That's like committing suicide the day you're born if you don't try." - Janis on giving her all.

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Quote of the Day
3 November 2014 @ 2:52 pm

"...Miss Joplin had everything going for her at her British concert, she turned me back on to white soul music, and she turned a lot of other people onto letting themselves go amidst an audience." - International Times, 1969.

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Quote of the Day
31 October 2014 @ 4:44 am

"At my concerts most of the chicks are looking for liberation, they think I'm gonna show 'em how to do it."...

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Quote of the Day
29 October 2014 @ 7:33 am

"I think Janis sang as a young person coming out of Texas and having kicked around San Francisco, and her voice was her voice and that was her interpretation of the songs. She sang blues. And in her own way" ...

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Quote of the Day
22 October 2014 @ 7:51 am

"I've got lots of tie-dyed velvet... I had these tie-dyed satin sheets, the most beautiful fuckin' sheets in the world and I started makin' it with this cowboy and he shredded them up with his cowboy boots. Three-hundred-dollar satin sheets shredded by cowboy boots. I loved every minute of it." - Janis Joplin on letting loose!

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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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Pearl
17 October 2014 @ 7:48 am

"Just listen to the album and dig all the soul, feeling and vitality (it means "life") that Janis could hit you with in her music. And thanks." - Hugh Nolan on Pearl

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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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Quote of the Day
10 October 2014 @ 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." - Al Aronowitz, Life Magazine

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Quote of the Day
8 October 2014 @ 7:37 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." - David Dalton on Janis.

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Quote of the Day
6 October 2014 @ 7:49 am

"As usual, she and producer Paul Rothchild amped up everything about 'Cry Baby' - the bluesy arrangement, the instrumental thrust that charges into the choruses and, most of all, Joplin's throat-shredding delivery, one of her very best." - Ultimate Classic Rock on Janis

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Quote of the Day
3 October 2014 @ 7:47 am

"She'd go against traffic on blind curves, with the top down. She'd be laughing 'Nothing can knock me down!'" - Paul Rothschild, producer of Pearl on Janis.

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Quote of the Day
29 September 2014 @ 8:01 am

Simple and pure. Something to remember today, and every day.

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Piece of My Heart
26 September 2014 @ 8:04 am

"Piece of My Heart" made history when it entered charts this month in 1968. Janis once said "Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable." Singing about her experience with love and loss has helped millions of others through their own dark times.

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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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Quote of the Day
19 September 2014 @ 8:05 am

"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." - Critic Simon Frith on Janis' importance

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Quote of the Day
17 September 2014 @ 8:00 am

"My god, will you just look at that, it's fuckin' fantastic." - Janis Joplin on peeking out at the crowd at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Good Life Words
12 September 2014 @ 8:14 am

"If you're getting more shit than you deserve, you know what to do about it, man. Y'know, it's just you need more music." - Janis Joplin

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Janis on Texas
3 September 2014 @ 8:20 am

"Texas is OK if you want to settle down and do your own thing quietly, but it's not for outrageous people, and I was always outrageous." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
20 August 2014 @ 7:58 am

"'I permit them to dance,' she yelled to a burly sergeant-at-arms, 'in fact, I demand it!'" David Dalton wrote for the Rolling Stone issue that came out on August 6, 1960 with the iconic photo of Janis on the cover.

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Quote of the Day
18 August 2014 @ 8:09 am

"Janis was, for the most part, oblivious to their rays, because she carried around a private world into which she could retire. Amid all the indigestible flux of these places, she would plump herself down, as ripe as a pear in August, singing snatches of old songs to herself - personal incantations to ward off the environment, a bane against accumulated apprehensions. Usually they were not the kind of things she'd sing on stage - Merle Haggard, old Bessie Smith numbers..."

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Quote of the Day
4 August 2014 @ 5:26 pm

"If the concert on Sunday evening at the Forest Hills tennis stadium was any indication, Janis Joplin finally has a backup band worth of her," wrote Mike Jahn in a review of the Aug 1 for the New York Times. This review was published on August 4, 1970.

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Quote of the Day
28 July 2014 @ 8:27 am

"I started out to be a person on the street, just like everybody else. I didn't start out to be a singer. But I got sort of swept up in this singing thing, and after I got involved in it it got really important to me if I was good or not." - Janis Joplin

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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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Quote of the Day
16 July 2014 @ 9:07 am

"Like most girls I'm always really self-conscious about do I look fat, if my legs are short, if I'm weird shaped, but when I go on stage, man, it never occurs to me. I think I look beautiful." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
11 July 2014 @ 10:26 am

"Janis was like an angel who came and paved a road white chicks hadn't walked before." - Etta James

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Quote of the Day
9 July 2014 @ 10:09 am

"You know how people say 'He's a real stand-up guy'? Janis was a real stand-up woman. She always did what she said she was going to do. She would never promise to do something and not come through." - Sam Andrew, Big Brother guitarist and Janis' long time friend.

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The Festival Express Tour
30 June 2014 @ 7:40 am

The Festival Express Tour started on June 28 in 1970 and went until July 4. On this trip, "Janis played a funky Eleanor of Aquitaine - Catherine the Great queen to a court of jamming musicians including the Grateful Dead, Delaney and Bonnie, Buddy Guy, Eric Andersen, and Ian and Sylvia." - David Dalton, (Rolling Stone, 1972) #JuneIsForJanis

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Quote of the Day
20 June 2014 @ 7:49 am

"June 21, 1967. Summer Solstice celebrations in Golden Gate Park. Swarms of screaming, dancing hippies... Janis is standing in front of the [illegally parked] vehicle..."

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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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Words of Wisdom
11 June 2014 @ 8:02 am

"Good luck. It's a bitch." - Janis Joplin #JuneIsForJanis #WordsOfWisdom

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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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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
23 May 2014 @ 7:38 am

"Janis mirrored her past, throwing all her pain and humiliation back at us in shattered images. It was as if she would only be complete when these relentless reflections were seen and absorbed by others, and thus ceased to be." - David Dalton in his book on Janis, Piece of My Heart.

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Quote of the Day
21 May 2014 @ 9:00 am

Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart: "The first [t]ime I saw Janis was probably one of the most revealing moments. I saw her at the Matrix, a tiny little club in North Beach. May have held fifty people .It was like a hallway. It was an amazing scene. Big Brother was going crazy feeding back, and Janis stepped to the mike, and it split your head open. It was so out of hand."

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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
12 May 2014 @ 7:22 am

"To be true to myself, to be the person that was on the inside of me, and not play games. That's what I'm trying to do mostly in the whole world, is not bullshit myself and not bullshit anybody else." - Janis Joplin on her goals

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Quote of the Day
9 May 2014 @ 12:41 pm

"Janis is the presiding spirit of the journey, the Bacchanalian Little Red Riding Hood with her bag full of tequila and lemons, lurching from car to car like some tropical bird with streaming feathers, defying the sun to interrupt our revels with another day." - David Dalton describing Janis on the Festival Express.

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Quote of the Day
7 May 2014 @ 7:20 am

"[Janis Joplin] perfectly expressed the feelings and yearnings of the girls of the electric generation - to be all woman, yet equal with men; to be free, yet a slave to real love; to [reject] every outdated convention, and yet get back to the basics of life." - Rock Critic Lillian Roxon

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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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Quote of the Day
25 April 2014 @ 8:57 am

"It's hard to be free but when it works, it's worth it!" - Janis

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There are some things that just have to be done right
23 April 2014 @ 8:38 am

"... Janis invited us into her dressing room to savour the delights of the dreaded Tequila. Although The Royal Garden Hotel had been unable to get her any limes, about which she moaned bitterly...

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Quote of the Day
18 April 2014 @ 8:52 am

"...For me, Janis's refusal to abide by the rules of the game, her insistence on taking up space - lots of it - both on- and offstage, make her something other than a victim. As much as her singing, it was Janis's chutzpah, her refusal to knuckle under, that to this day awes so many of us." - from Alice Echols' introduction of Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
9 April 2014 @ 7:47 am

"[Janis] 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." - Mark Cooper in MOJO, 1994.

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Quote of the Day
2 April 2014 @ 7:30 am

Geoffrey Cannon in The Guardian describing Janis' performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969

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Quote of the Day
31 March 2014 @ 8:28 am

David Dalton referred to Janis as "Our Lady Of The Perpetual Party." in his biography "Piece of My Heart." List your perfect playlist for the Church of Janis!

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

"She was singing and I was enraptured, because I was listening to one of the most brilliant vocalists I ever heard, in classical, pop, or jazz music. What a voice... all of the woman was revealed. The vessel of Janis vanished. For somebody like me, who was always talking about the inner beauty and all that stuff, it got me big. So I was totally hooked from that moment on, on every single possible level." - Paul Rothchild

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Quote of the Day
24 March 2014 @ 9:52 am

"Nobody has come close to capturing the way that that girl sang. And I don't think they ever will, because there's something in her voice that can't be replicated" - biographer Alice Echols on NPR.

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Quote of the Day
19 March 2014 @ 9:58 am

"Janis Joplin sings the blues as hard as any black person." - BB King

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Quote of the Day
10 March 2014 @ 3:26 pm

I was on stage and I looked out, and I knew they weren't ready. We were doing 'Piece of My Heart.' You know you can do a lot of different things: you know sometimes they get up spontaneously. Out in the Midwest they don't. They aren't supposed to stand up and they know it. It's hard to get 'em up"...

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Quote of the Day
28 February 2014 @ 7:22 am

"But I'm not as sexy as Hendrix. He's really something," she claims, licking her top lip from left to right, a habit she indulges in each time she mentions men. - Evening Standard 1969

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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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Quote of the Day
17 February 2014 @ 9:45 am

"Janis in some sense was the great unrecognized protest singer of the 1960s. No, Janis was not singing explicit protest songs. But in her voice, what people heard was somebody who was refusing the status quo." - Biographer of "The Life and Times of Janis Joplin" Alice Echols.

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About Janis
12 February 2014 @ 7:36 am

"Janis Joplin is instantly, aggressively friendly. I'm a complete stranger and right away she's asking me to massage her neck and kissing me 'hello' with a scorching cat-lick of my right eyebrow. She wears her sexuality with an arrogance tainted with derision. Yet she's a woman of little femininity. Her voice is wild, raw and Lead Belly strangulated, and her features are rough and workmanlike. She is a formidable lady." - The Evening Standard 1969

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Quote of the Day
5 February 2014 @ 8:43 am

Music's for grooving man, and music's not for putting yourself through bad changes, y'know? I mean, you don't have to take anybody's shit, man, just to like music, y'know what I mean? You don't. So... so if you're getting more shit than you deserve, you know, what to do about it man. Y'know, it's just music. Music's... music's posed to be different than that" - Janis Joplin

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Clive Davis
31 January 2014 @ 7:39 am

"It is only occasional that talent becomes genius - radiating sparks, brilliance, energy, and charismatic magnetism... such a talent was Janis Joplin." - Clive Davis

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Quote of the Day
27 January 2014 @ 10:30 am

Janis' idea of a good time: "Go back to the hotel and freak out all those straights." As quoted in the International Times, 1969

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Janis on Dating
13 January 2014 @ 7:28 am

Janis shares some dating advice in Louisville, 1970: "Honey, if you've had your eye on a piece of talent and that chick down the road has been getting all the action, then you know what you gotta do... Try A Little Bit Harder." http://spoti.fi/1jFzAjk

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How would YOU describe your Janis experience?
6 January 2014 @ 7:02 am

This is how the Courier Journal did in 1970: "Like an Apollo rocket blasting off, that's the power of Janis Joplin's voice. Howling, screeching, and penetrating the air with such brilliance and force, you believe for a moment she could fill the Grand Canyon with sound."

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Start your year off right! Dont hold back!
1 January 2014 @ 8:34 pm

"Why should I hold back now and sound mediocre, just so I can sound mediocre twenty years from now?" - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
30 December 2013 @ 10:28 am

"This group came on stage, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and this whirling dervish, this electrifying white soul singer was so riveting. And I'm seeing this and I said, 'My God, this is a musical revolution.' " - Clive Davis on seeing Janis for the first time.

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Quote of the Day
11 December 2013 @ 7:19 am

"My god, what if they find out I'm only Janis!" - Linda Gravenites recounting a story of Janis reading a glowing article about her in the paper.

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Paul Rothschild
6 December 2013 @ 6:00 pm

Paul Rothschild, producer of Pearl to Janis: "You sang in the church choir, right?"Janis: "Yes."Paul: "I sang in the synagogue. Let's pretend we're children again. Let's sing in those voices."

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Quote of the Day
4 December 2013 @ 8:15 am

"What would I call it? Maybe charisma with a sullen pout... She had presence all right. What I mostly remember is... thinking to myself, 'Who is that!!!?'" - Powell St. John, friend of Janis

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Quote of the Day
22 November 2013 @ 7:36 am

"Purity of action guided Janis's behavior. If she was going to be good, she was very, very good. If she was going to be bad, she let all the stops out. Anything less than full commitment to an idea of activity was 'hypocritical', the worst adjective anyone could hurl at another." - Laura Joplin

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Quote of the Day
18 November 2013 @ 6:29 am

"I got on stage, and I started singing, whew! What a rush, man! ... I don't remember it at all, all I remember is the sensation. What a fuckin' gas, man." - Janis Joplin, on her first night with Big Brother and the Holding Company.

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Quote of the Day
8 November 2013 @ 12:17 am

"So if you're getting more shit than you deserve, you know what to do about it, man. You know, it's just music. Music's... music's supposed to be different than that." Janis

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Quote of the Day
23 October 2013 @ 7:29 am

"...It's worth all the hassles and bad rehearsals just to have 1500 kids really digging you. And for me to have a musician from another band tell me that I'm the best chick blues singer, bar none - not even Bessie Smith. Happened this weekend SIGH!!" Janis, in a letter to her mother.

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Quote of the Day
16 October 2013 @ 8:59 am

"Dave Getz had a foreshadowing dream that Janis would arrive with a glow, beautiful like a goddess. When she came in the flesh, she was dressed in the light cotton clothes she had packed for her week-long trip to Austin, but they were out of place in cool San Francisco. Her shy innocence shone in a face blemished by acne. Then she sang, and her pure notes captured the band's full attention. With her commanding voice, they knew that, everything else aside, Janis had the sound they wanted. The band was complete."

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Quote of the Day
9 October 2013 @ 10:27 am

"I wasn't planning any of this, I wasn't planning on sitting in cold dressing rooms all my life, I didn't even know it existed. Even when I was a singer I never wanted to be a star. I just liked to sing because it was fun, just like people like to play tennis. It makes your body feel good. Everybody gave you free beer."

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Quote of the Day
8 October 2013 @ 8:10 am

"Janis sings with her body rough, gutsy, possessed. Her control seems nonexistent, but her excesses are so right for the moment, so emotionally intuitive, that theyre genius, not error." Eye Magazine, 1968

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Quote of the Day
25 September 2013 @ 7:25 pm

"I read a story about some old opera singer once, and when a guy asked her to marry him, she took him backstage after she had sung a real triumph, with all the people calling for her, asked, 'Do you think you could give me that?' That story hit me right, man. I know no guy ever made me feel as good as an audience. I'm really far into this now, really committed. Like, I don't think I'd go off the road for long now, for life with a guy no matter how good. Yeah, it's the truth. Scary thing to say though, isn't it?" --Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
11 September 2013 @ 7:25 am

"I don't understand how come you're gone, man. I don't understand why half the world is still crying, man, when the other half of the world is still crying too, man, and it can't get it together." Janis

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Quote of the Day
4 September 2013 @ 7:05 am

"Joplin's metamorphosis from the ugly duckling of Port Arthur to the peacock of Haight-Ashbury meant, among other things, that a woman who was not conventionally pretty, who had acne and an intermittent weight problem and hair that stuck out, could not only invent her own beauty (just as she invented her wonderful sleazofreak costumes) out of sheer energy, soul, sweetness, arrogance, and a sense of humor, but have that beauty appreciated. Not that Janis merely took advantage of changes in our notions of attractiveness; she herself changed them." Ellen Willis on Janis

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Quote of the Day
2 September 2013 @ 6:46 pm

"This whole thing that's happened to me, you see, this whole success thing..it hasn't yet really compromised the position that I took a long time ago in Texas, that was to be true to myself, to be the person that I...that was on inside of me and not play games..." Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
23 August 2013 @ 7:36 am

"I have one thing I can do, and Im getting better at it too, which makes me proud. It makes you feel like an artist rather than a fluke, man, which I think I was. I just happened to have the right combination at the right time." Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
19 August 2013 @ 7:32 am

"That 40 or 50 minutes I'm out there, that's when it happens for me." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
28 June 2013 @ 12:40 pm

"That's the good thing about women, man. Because they sing their fuckin' insides, man. Women, to be in the music business, give up more than you'd ever know." Janis

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Quote of the Day
10 June 2013 @ 4:33 pm

Janis shares a secret: "You know how you have verse, bridge, verse, and then you vamp? The vamp is free, it's Janis. Janis gets to sing or talk or walk around the stage and act foxy, whatever she wants to do, right? It's free..."

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Quote of the Day
29 May 2013 @ 4:23 pm

"It used to make me unhappy, all that feeling. I just didn't know what to do with it. But now I've learned how to make feeling work for me... I don't know, I just want to feel as much as I can, it's what 'soul' is all about." Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
15 May 2013 @ 4:49 pm

Sometimes, you know, you're with someone.. and you're convinced... that they've got something to... to tell you. Or, you know... you want to be with them." Janis

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Quote of the Day
13 May 2013 @ 4:31 pm

"That's what rock and roll is for, turn that switch on, and man, it can all be." - Janis

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Quote of the Day
29 April 2013 @ 5:42 pm

"If you can get them once, man, get them standing up when they should be sitting down, sweaty when they should be decorous... I think you sort of switch on their brain, man, so that makes them say: 'Wait a minute, maybe I can do anything.'"

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Quote of the Day
26 April 2013 @ 1:43 pm

"After they see me, when their mothers are feeding them all that cashmere sweater and girdle...maybe they'll have a second thought - that they can be themselves and win. - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
19 April 2013 @ 10:38 am

"Guess what, I might be the first hippie pinup girl." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
12 April 2013 @ 5:56 pm

"All my life I just wanted to be a beatnik. Meet all the heavies, get stoned, get laid, have a good time. That's all I ever wanted. Except I knew I had a good voice and I could always get a couple of beers off of it. All of a sudden someone threw me in this rock 'n' roll band. 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 that was it. I never wanted to do anything else. It was better than it had been with any man, you know. Maybe that's the trouble." Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
10 April 2013 @ 2:25 pm

"When I sing, Ifeel like when you're first in love. It's more than sex. It's that point two people can get to they cal love, when you really touch someone for the first time, but it's gigantic, multiplied by the whole audience. I feel chills." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
6 March 2013 @ 2:23 pm

David Dalton on Janis

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Quote of the Day
4 March 2013 @ 3:28 pm

"Janis Joplin's talent was that you believed she was singing her guts out every night." - Bill Graham

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Quote of the Day
8 February 2013 @ 9:51 am

"Singing, it's like it's like loving somebody, it's a supreme emotional and physical experience." Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
25 January 2013 @ 7:04 pm

"What we've had to do is learn to control success, put it in perspective, and not lose the essence of what we're doing - the music." - Janis Joplin on BBHC's first trip to NYC

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Quote of the Day
7 January 2013 @ 7:02 pm

"When everything is together - the band, me, the audience, it's boss! It's just like magic." - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
17 September 2012 @ 9:37 am

"Honey, to them I'm just a chick who is hung over at 11:00 in the morning. My hair isn't combed, I'm wearin' funny-lookin' clothes, plus I'm wearin' feathers... These people dont want to see me, baby." Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
30 July 2012 @ 3:28 pm

"I had on bells around my neck and beads. It was good, though. It makes me realize I'm like one of those regular weird people." - From the Herald-Journal, Jul 26, 1969

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