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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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Ringing in the New Year
January 2 2015 @ 4:53 pm

Janis Joplin and Big Brother & The Holding Company rang in the New Year at the New Year's Wail in Golden Gate Park January 1st, 1967.

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Quote of the Day
December 31 2014 @ 9:27 am

"We could have kept going, going! They loved us! What dumb asshole is on the lights?" - Janis Joplin

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Quote of the Day
December 29 2014 @ 10:58 am

"All any girl really wants is just love and a man. But what man can put up with a rock-n-roll star?" - Janis Joplin

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Playlist of the Day
December 26 2014 @ 8:19 am

Don't you turn your back on love...

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Merry Christmas
December 24 2014 @ 7:23 am

Merry Christmas, y'all! - From the Janis Joplin Team

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Quote of the Day
December 19 2014 @ 7:39 am

"They put me down, man, those square people in Port Arthur. They called me a slut. They threw rocks at me in class. But all I was looking for was some kind of personal freedom and other people who felt the way I did."

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