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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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Question of the Day
August 25 2014 @ 9:18 am

Your perfect set list would be...?

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Song of the Day
August 24 2014 @ 8:10 am

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear "Trouble In Mind"?

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Quote of the Day
August 20 2014 @ 7:58 am

"'I permit them to dance,' she yelled to a burly sergeant-at-arms, 'in fact, I demand it!'" David Dalton wrote for the Rolling Stone issue that came out on August 6, 1960 with the iconic photo of Janis on the cover.

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Quote of the Day
August 18 2014 @ 8:09 am

"Janis was, for the most part, oblivious to their rays, because she carried around a private world into which she could retire. Amid all the indigestible flux of these places, she would plump herself down, as ripe as a pear in August, singing snatches of old songs to herself - personal incantations to ward off the environment, a bane against accumulated apprehensions. Usually they were not the kind of things she'd sing on stage - Merle Haggard, old Bessie Smith numbers..."

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Janis Joplin Image by David Gahr Featured in USPS USA Forever Stamp Series
August 15 2014 @ 10:57 am

Janis Joplin Image by David Gahr Featured in USPS USA Forever stamp series: Music Icons: Beloved musicians whose blend of sound and way of life broke boundaries.

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The Woodstock Experience
August 15 2014 @ 8:25 am

45 years ago this weekend, Woodstock changed the world. Share your stories if you were there. If you weren't, we have the Woodstock Experience in our shop!

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Janis in Esquire
August 13 2014 @ 11:08 am

JANIS JOPLIN IS FINALLY IMMORTAL - Songwriter and friend Johanna Hall on the debt we owe the rock goddess

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Cheap Thrills
August 13 2014 @ 8:17 am

Cheap Thrills was released this week in 1968. "The album does carry tension and emotions - not so much in the music itself as in the need to make music..." - Simon Frith writing for Let It Rock in April of 1975.

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In History
August 11 2014 @ 10:23 am

On August 12, 1970 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Janis made her final live performance.

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Today in History
August 7 2014 @ 7:40 am

What a week for shows for Janis! This one was from a 1966 outing with the Grateful Dead near the beginning of Janis' tenure with Big Brother and the Holding Company.

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Festival for Peace
August 6 2014 @ 8:46 am

We could use another Festival For Peace these days. Here's Janis at the Shea Stadium event, August 6, 1970.

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Quote of the Day
August 4 2014 @ 5:26 pm

"If the concert on Sunday evening at the Forest Hills tennis stadium was any indication, Janis Joplin finally has a backup band worth of her," wrote Mike Jahn in a review of the Aug 1 for the New York Times. This review was published on August 4, 1970.

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Janis Stamp
August 1 2014 @ 4:45 pm

USPS Stamps releases the Janis stamp next week, but you can pre-order now. Who will get your first letter? http://bit.ly/JanisStamp

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Festival Fashion
July 30 2014 @ 7:38 am

It's summer music festival season and Janis was known for her free spirited and carefree outfit choices. Which Janis looks were your favorite? Feathers and Boas? Or tie-dye and fringe?

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Quote of the Day
July 28 2014 @ 8:27 am

"I started out to be a person on the street, just like everybody else. I didn't start out to be a singer. But I got sort of swept up in this singing thing, and after I got involved in it it got really important to me if I was good or not." - Janis Joplin

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Today In History
July 25 2014 @ 8:14 am

Janis Joplin and her Big Brother boys were in Newport this weekend to perform at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. They shared the bill with Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and Pete Seeger just to name a few.

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Pearl (Legacy Edition)
July 23 2014 @ 8:53 am

"Half moon on night time sky, Seven stars, heaven's eyes. Seven songs on seven seas, Just to bring all your sweet love home to me" - Half Moon off of Pearl (Legacy Edition).

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Quote of the Day
July 21 2014 @ 7:37 am

"On stage, at the Albert Hall, she appeared tiny in the spotlight, wearing an electric blue jumpsuit. All at once, she tried to gather all of her audience inside herself, settling for nothing less: squeezing her voice dry, her arms pumping, her hands in fists." ...

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