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Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can

The 1967 Monterrey Pop Festival is often seen as causing a sea-change in the music business. While Pop Acts like the Mamas and the Papas watched, the New Era appeared live. Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Otis Redding killed, and then there was JANIS JOPLIN, singing with the SanFran based Band, "Big Brother And The Holding Company."

 

The film shows artists in the audience staring in wonder at the little girl from Port Arthur, Texas (Who were embarrassed to be her home town until they realized she was an icon and put up a statue). Then she went to Woodstock where one of her greatest performances was filmed and introduced her to the rest of the world. I'm not going into her troubled youth, she always felt like an outsider in Texas, and finally was comfortable in San Francisco, where she landed during the Hippy Revolution in the late '60's.

 

Sometimes we'd see her cruising through The Haight in a 30's Limousine, you know, the kind in the old movies with the driver in an open cockpit and the passengers in a glassed in back seat. Ms Joplin would pick up stray dogs along the way and put them in the back where they'd ride along with their heads hanging out the windows, and occasionally a Hippy Boy if the cut of his jeans caught her eye.

 

She took partying to a new level (for a lady at the time), a trait that would lead to her early death. But she also worked hard, cutting three popular albums and a fourth, "Pearl" after death. Janis had five Chart Singles including her only #1, "Me And Bobby McGee in 1971, written by her friend and sometime lover, Kris Kristofferson. Her Live Performances are legendary, she could take your breath away with the power of her voice and persona.


Then in Los Angeles in 1970 she overdosed on heroin and went to the Other Side at 27. Her death sent a shock wave through the Music Business and her millions of fans, she was still a baby. But her legend and music live on, and in 1995 Janis Joplin was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

Here's a clip from Dick Cavett's old TV Show, of Janis Joplin performing Live with a small combo, GET IT WHILE YOU CAN, shortly before her death. The picture and audio are excellent and she is terrific. @therealdonrocks

 

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