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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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