“Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That’s what music is to me.”

“On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone”

RARE 1st Studio Recording Of “Me & Bobby McGee” Janis Joplin

janis joplin me and bobby mc gee

Janis Joplin – Cry Baby (live in toronto 1970)

Janis Joplin – Piece of My Heart [live Woodstock]

Janis Joplin – Piece Of My Heart

Janis Joplin – Piece of my heart

Janis Joplin – Live Woodstock

Janis Joplin @ Woodstock – Can’t Turn You Loose

Janis Joplin – Summertime (Live Gröna Lund 1969)

Janis Joplin – Flower in the sun

Janis Joplin – Kosmic Blues

Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz

Janis Joplin – Maybe

Janis Joplin – I Need A Man To Love

Janis Joplin – One Night Stand

Janis Joplin – Try (just a little bit harder)

Janis Joplin – My Baby

Janis Joplin – My Baby

Janis Joplin Coo Coo

Janis Joplin. Swedish TV. 1969.Part 2

janis joplin – rayse your hand

Janis Joplin – Trust Me

Janis Joplin – Get it while you can

Janis Joplin – A Woman Left Lonely

Janis Joplin – To love somebody

Janis Joplin – A Woman Left Lonely

“I’d trade all my tommorows for a single yesterday.”

“Freedom’s just another word for nothin left to loose. Nothin, don’t mean nothin honey if it ain’t free. And feelin good was easy, Lord, when he played the blues. You knew feelin good was good enough for me, good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.”


Background Articles and Videos

Janis Joplin

“…Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer, songwriter and music arranger, from Port Arthur, Texas. She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company and later as a solo artist. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time,[3] and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.[4]


Janis Joplin

“…Janis was ready in August 1970 to confront the Jefferson High classmates who had called her a slut. Whether her primary purpose in attending the tenth-anniversary class reunion was revenge, a desire to be worshiped as a hero, or just a quest for acceptance is unclear. What is certain is that she left Port Arthur feeling further alienated from her classmates, her parents, and her hometown. When she died in Los Angeles two months later, on October 4, 1970, of an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol, her newly drawn will required that her ashes be strewn over California soil.

The judgment of others has been far kinder to Janis Joplin than she was to herself. She has been called “the best white blues singer in American musical history” and “the greatest female singer in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.” Those who missed her live performances must judge her from a relatively small number of albums, audiotapes, and videotapes. Pearl, an album recorded just before her death and featuring “Me and Bobby McGee,” shows that Janis was growing musically almost to the moment of her death. The film The Rose (1979), starring Bette Midler, is not faithful in detail to Janis’s life, but it captures her mesmerizing power on stage, in contrast to her utter powerlessness offstage to halt her relentless descent to self destruction. Janis’s sad life cannot be separated from her greatness. Her tortured soul gave her blues the authenticity of direct experience. After her death she was finally accepted in the hometown she both loved and ridiculed. In 1988 some 5,000 people from Port Arthur, tears in their eyes, sang “Me and Bobby McGee” as a bust of Janis Joplin was unveiled. It now sits in a Port Arthur library. In the 2000s Port Arthur’s Museum of the Gulf Coast featured Joplin among its exhibits and she was an inductee in the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame. Port Arthur holds a birthday bash every January in celebration of the singer.

In the decades after her death, various Joplin anthologies and live recordings were released as well as numerous biographies. In 1992 her sister, Laura Joplin, published Love, Janis, a collection of letters Janis wrote to her family beginning in 1963. A play with the same title and based on the book opened in Denver in 1995 and subsequently had a long run at the Zachary Scott Theater in Austin in summer 1997. The performance opened off Broadway in April 2001 and ran to January 5, 2003. Janis Joplin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 12, 1995. In 2005 she was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Janis Joplin Leads Women to the Truth

By Dr. Tom

“…I want to pay tribute to an amazing singer; as well as a path-breaking woman. I am going to provide you with insights, information and inspiration from the life of Janis Joplin. In many respects, she will be remembered as a public pioneer in the women’s movement. Her story is a case study of the hippie counterculture. I hope that you will enjoy this analysis of one of my favorite spirit guides. Her spirit is more alive today then she was at the time of her death. BTW – although she died directly from an accidental overdose of extremely pure heroin; it really was alcohol that killed her (as it did Jim Morrison.) .

As a scholar of both the women’s movement and the hippie counterculture, I am confident that Janis will emerge as the key link between the two. Her message to young women was to be yourself and do what you think is right. She lived and preached the gospel of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Above all she was known for her openness and honesty. She urged us to tell the truth and stressed the importance of individual rights and freedom. She never gave up in her quest for fame and friends.

Janis was truly a social change catalyst – as well as an political provocateur in her own way. She urged young people to question assumptions and authority. Above all she stressed that a woman could be just as powerful in society as a man. As the first female rock superstar she blazed the trail for most of the female and male singers alive. She was known to rap and chant during the ends of her shows. She got the audience moving and grooving like no one else could. She danced and shook with wild abandon.

In this tribute I have included several different recent articles about her impact; including the posthumous recognition she has received. Then I present a series of quotes from people who knew and admired her. Finally, I have pulled together some of her most important statements. Along with this you get a variety of pix that show the many sides o Janis Joplin. …”

Janis Joplan

Big Brother Interview about Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin Interviews

Janis Joplin talks to Dick Cavett 1969

janis joplin interview

Janis Joplin’s Parents


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I saw Janis Joplin in concert several times. June 1967, at the Monterey Pop Festival. She may have gave her best ever performance at Monterey. July 1968 BBHC and Janis along with Sly and the Family Stone opened the new Fillmore West, March 1969 Janis was at Winterland, at Woodstock in 1969, the August 1969 3 day Wild West Festival at Kezar Stadium, and finally in Toronto in 1970 when she sang “Cry Baby”. She was not herself that night. I’m pretty certain I know why but to elaborate would be a dis-service to all. Janis Joplin posters could be bought anywhere you saw a Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Dylan, Beatles, & Grateful Dead poster. She sang from her very soul and probably gave more than fans were worthy of. Piece of My Heart was about transcendence. Taking every possible humilation and coming out the other side of it. She would have been an icon had the drug culture not existed. She gave more in 3 years than many give in 10 years. Her life in Texas had been a turbulent and one of ups and downs. People fail to understand that Janis was actually a very smart young woman. As I ponder and think about it, I truly wish herion and LSD had never been discovered. Janis consumed more Southern Comfort than she did drugs. Yet, both contributed to an early and tragic death. An awful lot of great talent was lost during my generation. It saddens me but life goes on and you must prepare for the next day. Rest In Peace Janis Joplin, you are still remembered.

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