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Quote of the Day
February 11 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
February 9 2015 @ 7:41 am

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

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Today In History
February 8 2015 @ 7:40 am

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

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Quote of the Day
February 6 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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"Piece Of My Heart"
February 4 2015 @ 11:32 am

Janis Joplin's "Piece Of My Heart" featured in the new Dior fragrance commercial 'It's Miss, Actually'.

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Quote of the Day
February 4 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
February 2 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
January 30 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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This Week in History
January 28 2015 @ 8:01 am

Janis performed one of her first shows with Big Brother & The Holding Company this week in 1967. The band played at the Mantra-Rock Dance on January 29th at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. Other guests included Allen Ginsberg and The Grateful Dead.

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Quote of the Day
January 26 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
January 23 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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On the Road with Janis Joplin
January 22 2015 @ 4:38 pm

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

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Monterey Pop Festival
January 21 2015 @ 7:46 am

"I very much remember her playing in the sunshine, and everyone really not just excited but kind of flabbergasted at how intense it was." - Robert Christgau, a former reporter with Esquire, speaking with NPR's "All Things Considered" about Janis Joplin and Big Brother & The Holding Company's 1967 Montery Pop Festival performance.

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Happy Birthday
January 19 2015 @ 3:32 pm

Happy Birthday, Janis Joplin

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Mercedes Benz
January 16 2015 @ 7:09 am

"Mercedes Benz" is a lonely blues tune about the illusory happiness promised (but rarely delivered) by the pursuit of worldly goods, a hippie-era rejection of the consumerist ideals that Joplin saw growing up as a self-described "middle-class white chick" in Port Arthur, Texas." - Performing Songwriter, January 2014.

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Song of the Day
January 14 2015 @ 7:30 am

"Why, I need a man to love. I gotta find him, I gotta have him like the air I breathe. One lovin' man to understand can't be too much to need." - "I Need A Man To Love"

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Quote of the Day
January 12 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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Pearl
January 9 2015 @ 9:29 am

"This is not a new Janis, but a redefined, more organized, old Janis. Her good and her bad vocal habits are still the same, but they are tempered by updated goals and surroundings." - Rolling Stone on the posthumous release of Janis Joplin’s "Pearl", released January 11th, 1971.

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Quote of the Day
January 7 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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Time Magazine
January 5 2015 @ 7:32 am

Janis was featured on Time Magazine’s January 1988 issue reflecting on the year 1968: “The Year That Shaped A Generation”.

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