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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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Quote of the Day
December 17 2014 @ 7:45 am

"Janis reads a lot, and these books (Tender Is the Night; Look Homeward, Angel; The Crack-Up) that she lugged about with her on her journeys had a curious effect, that almost approached possession, on her subterranean personal life, their words and images, like spores falling on fertile inner tracts, pollinating her daydreams." - David Dalton on Janis. What are you reading over the holidays?

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Fun Fact
December 15 2014 @ 7:10 am

Fun fact: In 1965, Janis recorded a few songs with Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane. One of those tracks, "Hesitation Blues" wound up on Hot Tuna's debut album. Two of the tracks can be heard on Janis, the 3-CD retrospective.

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ICYMI
December 12 2014 @ 7:34 am

This New York Times article features unreleased footage of Janis in the studio: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/28/movies/d-a-pennebaker-and-chris-hegeduss-counterculture-archive.html

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Trivia
December 8 2014 @ 7:11 am

Who knows the name of the coffee shop where Janis used to sing when she first arrived in San Francisco?

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Janis Live
December 5 2014 @ 7:29 am

Between "Live At Winterland, '68" and "Live at the Carousel Ballroom '68", which performance do you prefer. Not sure? Grab your copies here: http://bit.ly/JanisMusicStore

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Quote of the Day
December 3 2014 @ 7:30 am

"All of a sudden someone threw me in this rock 'n' roll band. They threw these musicians at me, man, and the sound was coming from behind... And I decided then and there that that was it. I never wanted to do anything else..." - Janis Joplin on her time with BBHC, as quoted in David Dalton's book Piece Of My Heart: A Portrait Of Janis Joplin

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Today in History
December 1 2014 @ 8:36 am

Today in 1968 was Janis' last performance with Big Brother and the Holding Company in San Franciso.

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Tina Turner
November 28 2014 @ 8:12 am

"Currently, Tina Turner is my biggest influence," she said quite frankly. "I saw her a short while ago and I realised that this was what I'm trying to do. I mean, she just comes on stage and aaaagh! She hits you right there. That's what I want to do. There's no other significance or anything, I'm just trying to give people enjoyment." - Janis on Tina Turner's influence, 1968.

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Madison Square Garden
November 26 2014 @ 7:25 am

"At the Garden, Miss Joplin's accomplices gave a powerful and spontaneously happy display of brass blues and rock, and she let herself go in a very exciting way." - From the New York Times' review of Janis' show at Madison Square Garden, 1969.

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Quote of the Day
November 24 2014 @ 8:04 am

"Janis Joplin had an attractiveness that had nothing to do with having blemish-free skin or being perfectly groomed. She was someone it was easy to be drawn to. It was partly her truthfulness and her openness and a sense that she cared." - Lola Bensky

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Quote of the Day
November 21 2014 @ 7:29 am

"Her voice rises to a hoarse screech, then falls to a husky whisper whose tone promises unmentionable pleasures." - Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 17 August 1968

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Quote of the Day
November 19 2014 @ 7:44 am

"Janis was mesmerizing, like a white tornado." - Clive Davis, former president of Columbia Records

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Ron "Pigpen" McKernan
November 17 2014 @ 7:50 am

Janis and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan of Grateful Dead. "He's a good blues singer, but he has a terrible taste in wine." - Janis Joplin

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"Cheap Thrills" Review
November 14 2014 @ 7:20 am

"On 'Ball and Chain' a JJ showcase, earth shaking, reverberating feedback shakes everything but JJ's sex-powered boosted voice. Dig that the greatest electronic feedback record of all isn't a psychedelic freak record but a blues one. Sell anything to get this one." - International Times' review of "Cheap Thrills", October 1968.

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Quote of the Day
November 12 2014 @ 7:23 am

"I always did have a very heavy attachment for the whole Fitzgerald thing, that all-out, Full Tilt, Hell Bent Way of Living, and she and F. Scott Fitzgerald were the epitome of that whole trip, right?" - Janis to Rolling Stone.

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Quote of the Day
November 10 2014 @ 7:14 am

"I don't know what happened. I just exploded. I'd never sung like that before. I used to stand still and sing simple, but you can't sing like that in front of a rock band. You have to sing loud and move wild with all that in back of you. Now, I don't know how to perform any other way." - Janis Joplin, 1968.

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Quote of the Day
November 7 2014 @ 8:01 am

"It's life. That's what rock 'n' roll is for, turn that switch on, and man, it can all be. I hate to tell you that it can, but it could be, and you're a fool not to try. I mean you may not end up happy, but I'm fucked if I'm not going to try. That's like committing suicide the day you're born if you don't try." - Janis on giving her all.

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Photo of the Day
November 5 2014 @ 7:49 am

"What a gorgeous lady to photograph" - Elliott Landy

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