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Curtain Call: Tony Nominee Mary Bridget Davies Returns as Janis Joplin
July 23 2015 @ 8:27 am

A Night With Janis Joplin is back at the Pasadena Playhouse starting tonight.

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Summertime
July 22 2015 @ 7:41 am

Anybody else get the summer blues? Sometimes Janis' performance of "Summertime" is the only cure...

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Quote of the Day
July 20 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
July 17 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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Dick Cavett Show
July 15 2015 @ 7:53 am

Janis made her first appearance on the Dick Cavett Show this week in July, 1969. After Cavett referred to her as a "star", a modest Janis asked him to call her a singer instead. You can watch the full interview here...

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Quote of the Day
July 13 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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#FlashbackFriday
July 10 2015 @ 8:05 am

Janis Joplin celebrating Ken Threadgill's birthday at Threadgill's in Austin, TX in the summer of 1970. Janis and her friends used to play together at Threadgill's before she moved out to San Francisco in 1963.

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Quote of the Day
July 8 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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Cheap Thrills
July 6 2015 @ 7:57 am

That explosive showcase of psychedelic soul featured Joplin’s raw, impassioned readings of Willie Mae Thornton's "Ball and Chain" and "Piece of My Heart." - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on "Cheap Thrills"

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Quote of the Day
July 3 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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Today In History
July 1 2015 @ 4:03 pm

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Janis' performance at Winnipeg Stadium on July 1st of 1970.

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The Telegraph
June 29 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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Full Tilt Boogie Band
June 26 2015 @ 7:56 am

"This band is solid, their sound is so heavy you could lean on it, and that means I can go further out, and extend myself. It's together, man, that's what it is!" - Janis Joplin on working with Full Tilt Boogie Band

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This Week in History
June 24 2015 @ 7:36 am

This week marks the 45th anniversary of Janis' appearance on the Dick Cavett Show on June 25th, 1970. Dick asked Janis what she thinks about on stage: "I'm not thinking much, you just sort of try and... feel."

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This Week in History
June 22 2015 @ 8:42 am

One of the beloved live recordings of Janis, Live at the Carousel Ballroom, was recorded this week on June 23rd, 1968 in San Francisco. Check out that hand-drawn gig flyer!

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Flashback Friday
June 19 2015 @ 4:40 pm

Janis and the boys from Big Brother and the Holding Company hanging out in San Francisco in June of 1968.

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Today In History
June 17 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
June 15 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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Today In History
June 12 2015 @ 7:43 am

"If things started slowly, the concert ended in a near-riot and the rent-a-cops in their mountie hats, not sure whether they were at a concert or a demonstration, blew their cool and began driving back the kids rushing the stage with their clubs and flashlights. Meanwhile Janis was ecstatic." - Rolling Stone on Janis' first performance with Full Tilt Boogie Band on June 12th, 1970 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky

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June 1966
June 10 2015 @ 7:57 am

June 1966 marks the first month that Janis performed with Big Brother and the Holding Company in San Francisco at the Avalon Ballroom where they later became the house band. The world was never the same after Janis hit that stage.

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