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Quote of the Day
September 29 2014 @ 8:01 am

Simple and pure. Something to remember today, and every day.

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Piece of My Heart
September 26 2014 @ 8:04 am

"Piece of My Heart" made history when it entered charts this month in 1968. Janis once said "Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable." Singing about her experience with love and loss has helped millions of others through their own dark times.

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Newport Folk Festival
September 24 2014 @ 7:50 am

"They were great. I mean they couldn't have been greater if I'd invented them myself. But they are a bit too, you know, serious." - Janis Joplin on the audience at the Newport Folk Festival (Source: Janis Joplin, Lock Up Your Sons, Melody Maker, 1968.)

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Quote of the Day
September 22 2014 @ 7:31 am

"They came to see me once recently and they seemed pleased I was a success. That's all. Everyone had got so used to the idea I was a failure and now suddenly there I was, obviously a success." - Janis Joplin on her parents opinion (Source: Janis Joplin, Lock Up Your Sons, Melody Maker, 1968.)

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Quote of the Day
September 19 2014 @ 8:05 am

"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." - Critic Simon Frith on Janis' importance

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Quote of the Day
September 17 2014 @ 8:00 am

"My god, will you just look at that, it's fuckin' fantastic." - Janis Joplin on peeking out at the crowd at the Royal Albert Hall.

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On This Day In History
September 15 2014 @ 7:47 am

Another legendary performance at the Hollywood Bowl in California. This show paired Janis with the likes of Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead.

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Good Life Words
September 12 2014 @ 8:14 am

"If you're getting more shit than you deserve, you know what to do about it, man. Y'know, it's just you need more music." - Janis Joplin

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Song of the Day
September 10 2014 @ 7:28 am

"Time keeps movin' on, Friends they turn away, I keep movin' on, But I never found out why." - From "Kozmic Blues"

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Today in History
September 8 2014 @ 6:51 am

#HollywoodBowl #SummerTraditions. Share your summer traditions in the comments below!

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On This Day In History
September 5 2014 @ 7:37 am

Janis Joplin began recording Pearl on this day in 1970.

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Janis on Texas
September 3 2014 @ 8:20 am

"Texas is OK if you want to settle down and do your own thing quietly, but it's not for outrageous people, and I was always outrageous." - Janis Joplin

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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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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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