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Quote of the Day
December 23 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
December 21 2015 @ 8:54 am

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

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#FlashbackFriday
December 18 2015 @ 7:39 am

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

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Quote of the Day
December 16 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
December 14 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
December 11 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
December 9 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
December 7 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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Review 'Janis: Little Girl Blue' reveals what drove - and haunted - Janis Joplin
December 4 2015 @ 7:59 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.

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#FlashbackFriday
December 4 2015 @ 7:42 am

Janis appeared on "This Is Tom Jones" today in 1969.

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Opening Today!
December 4 2015 @ 7:39 am

Janis: Little Girl Blue opens wide today in US theaters!

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Janis Joplin, with all her contradictions, in ‘Little Girl Blue’
December 3 2015 @ 11:15 am

There's more than a little of Janis Joplin in the character Bette Midler played in 1979's "The Rose," but Hollywood has never managed to make a feature about the blues-rock singer. Amy Berg's "Janis: Little Girl Blue" suggests one reason: Although Joplin's brief life was eventful, its contradictions would stymie a tidy biopic.

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Janis: Little Girl Blue: EW review
December 3 2015 @ 11:11 am

Death is excellent at turning artists into icons, but it tends to calcify them, too—recasting messy, complicated humans as the familiar demigods of dorm-room posters and greatest-hits collections. Janis: Little Girl Blue is the latest documentary this year, after memorable takes on Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and Nina Simone, to restore some of what gets lost in the process of mythmaking.

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Quote of the Day
December 2 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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Killing Them Safely and Janis: Little Girl Blue Are Two of the Year's Best Documentaries
November 30 2015 @ 8:44 am

Two really good documentaries, Killing Them Safely and Janis: Little Girl Blue (about the great Janis Joplin), open this weekend in limited release and take their places on the honor roll of really good docs to open in 2015. (A year-end round-up is coming soon.)

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Review: In 'Janis: Little Girl Blue,' Exploring Joplin's Demons
November 30 2015 @ 8:25 am

In Amy Berg's documentary "Janis: Little Girl Blue," the sound that erupts from Janis Joplin singing the '60s R&B classic "Cry Baby" comes as close as I've heard to a grown-up singer capturing a baby's primal squall. Heard today, this raw, insistent scream, from Joplin's posthumously released 1971 album, "Pearl," is as disturbing and powerful as ever.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
November 30 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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Discovering the Vulnerable Woman Behind Janis Joplin’s Legend
November 27 2015 @ 10:45 am

Janis Joplin is remembered for her brassy swagger, but her true personality was completely hidden from her fans. Inspired to learn more after watching the new Joplin documentary, Little Girl Blue, Sheila Weller interviews some of the friends who knew the singer best.

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Little Girl Blue
November 27 2015 @ 10:31 am

"A strong sense emerges of a woman determined to pursue a life and career that embodied her firm humanistic liberal values, her politics based in empathy and freedom, who at times had to work to maintain a confidence in her talent that didn't always come easily." - Hollywood Reporter. "Janis: Little Girl Blue" is in theaters today in New York and Los Angeles!

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Janis: Little Girl Blue
November 25 2015 @ 8:08 am

Fan poll: Who is bringing a child, grandchild or other millennial to see Janis: Little Girl Blue this weekend?

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