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Quote of the Day
October 8 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
October 6 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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Remembering Janis
October 4 2014 @ 10:14 am

January 19, 1943 - October 04, 1970

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Quote of the Day
October 3 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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Mercedes Benz
October 1 2014 @ 9:19 am

"Mercedes Benz" was recorded this day in 1970. Read the story behind the song here: http://performingsongwriter.com/janis-joplin-mercedes-benz/

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

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

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Piece of My Heart
September 26 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
September 24 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
September 22 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
September 19 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
September 17 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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On This Day In History
September 15 2014 @ 7:47 am

Another legendary performance at the Hollywood Bowl in California. This show paired Janis with the likes of Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead.

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Good Life Words
September 12 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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Song of the Day
September 10 2014 @ 7:28 am

"Time keeps movin' on, Friends they turn away, I keep movin' on, But I never found out why." - From "Kozmic Blues"

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Today in History
September 8 2014 @ 6:51 am

#HollywoodBowl #SummerTraditions. Share your summer traditions in the comments below!

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On This Day In History
September 5 2014 @ 7:37 am

Janis Joplin began recording Pearl on this day in 1970.

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Janis on Texas
September 3 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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Today in History
September 1 2014 @ 1:40 pm

September 1, 1969: Janis Joplin headlines the New Orleans Pop Festival, playing alongside fellow legends Grateful Dead, Santana, and Canned Heat.

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SF Palace of Fine Arts
August 29 2014 @ 7:53 am

One of the gems of San Francisco is the Palace of Fine Arts. For Janis, its notable for several memorable photos and her performance at the 1968 Palace of Fine Arts Festival. Anyone have a picture at the venue from a visit to SF?

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Bessie Smith
August 27 2014 @ 9:12 am

"Janis Joplin, a rock superstar, felt she owed her style and urgency to Bessie. 'No one ever hit me so hard,' she told me one night as we listened to a Bessie Smith recording in one of Columbia's editing rooms. 'Bessie made me want to sing.'" - from Bessie, by Chris Albertson. It's also been reported that in this month in 1970, Janis helped provide the gravestone for Bessie Smith.

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