A report on Janis Joplin

Joplin in 1970
Joplin in 1960 as a graduating senior in high school
Joplin (seated) with Big Brother and the Holding Company, c. 1966–1967 photograph Bob Seidemann
Joplin performs with Tom Jones on This Is Tom Jones in late 1969
Newspaper review of Joplin's 1969 concert at Vets Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio includes the fact that before it started she walked to the lobby and watched audience members arrive.
Janis Joplin performing at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island in July 1968
Joplin photographed by Jim Marshall in 1969, one year before her death

American singer and musician.

- Janis Joplin
Joplin in 1970

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Left to right: Getz, Joplin, Andrew, Gurley, Albin. c. 1967

Big Brother and the Holding Company

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American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the same psychedelic music scene that produced the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Jefferson Airplane.

American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the same psychedelic music scene that produced the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Jefferson Airplane.

Left to right: Getz, Joplin, Andrew, Gurley, Albin. c. 1967
The Mantra-Rock Dance poster featuring Big Brother and the Holding Company
"Legendary Artists: Sounds of San Francisco" at an Audio Engineering Society convention in 2012. Left to right: Mario Cipollina, Albin, Joel Selvin, Country Joe McDonald

After some initial personnel changes, the band became well known with the lineup of vocalist Janis Joplin, guitarists Sam Andrew and James Gurley, bassist Peter Albin, and drummer Dave Getz.

Monterey International Pop Festival

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Three-day music festival held June 16 to 18, 1967, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.

Three-day music festival held June 16 to 18, 1967, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.

Jefferson Airplane in early 1967
Janis Joplin (photo 1968)
The Beach Boys' sudden cancellation from the event drew criticism and controversy.
Advertising promoting the festival published in Cashbox magazine in 1967

The festival is remembered for the first major American appearances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Who and Ravi Shankar, the first large-scale public performance of Janis Joplin and the introduction of Otis Redding to a mass American audience.

Jefferson Airplane photographed by Herb Greene at the Matrix, San Francisco, in late 1966. Top row from left: Jack Casady, Grace Slick, Marty Balin; bottom row from left: Jorma Kaukonen, Paul Kantner, Spencer Dryden. A cropped version of this photo was used for the front cover of Surrealistic Pillow.

Jefferson Airplane

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American rock band based in San Francisco, California, that became one of the pioneering bands of psychedelic rock.

American rock band based in San Francisco, California, that became one of the pioneering bands of psychedelic rock.

Jefferson Airplane photographed by Herb Greene at the Matrix, San Francisco, in late 1966. Top row from left: Jack Casady, Grace Slick, Marty Balin; bottom row from left: Jorma Kaukonen, Paul Kantner, Spencer Dryden. A cropped version of this photo was used for the front cover of Surrealistic Pillow.
The original lineup of Jefferson Airplane at the Matrix in summer 1965. Clockwise from left: Bob Harvey, Signe Toly Anderson, Jerry Peloquin, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, and Marty Balin.
Jefferson Airplane in early 1966. From left: Anderson, Casady, Balin, Spence, Kantner and Kaukonen.
Jefferson Airplane Fillmore poster, February 1966. This was the first non-benefit concert held at the venue.
The group in mid-1966 after Spencer Dryden replaced Skip Spence on drums.

Kantner, a native San Franciscan, had started out performing on the Bay Area folk circuit in the early 1960s, alongside fellow folkies Jerry Garcia, David Crosby and Janis Joplin.

The Grateful Dead in 1970, from a promotional photo shoot. Left to right: Bill Kreutzmann, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh.

Grateful Dead

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American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California.

American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California.

The Grateful Dead in 1970, from a promotional photo shoot. Left to right: Bill Kreutzmann, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh.
The Grateful Dead in 1980. Left to right: Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh. Not pictured: Brent Mydland.
The Mantra-Rock Dance promotional poster featuring the Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 1987: Jerry Garcia (custom Tiger guitar), Mickey Hart (drums).
Bob Weir onstage in 2007, playing a Modulus G3FH
Mickey Hart leading a drum circle in February 2005
Panorama of the Fare Thee Well performance at Soldier Field, Chicago on July 5, 2015
An acoustic performance at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco in 1980. Left to right: Garcia, Lesh, Kreutzmann, Weir, Hart, Mydland.
Phil Lesh (left) performing with TelStar in 2008
New York artist Greg Speirs wearing the "Skully" tie-dyed T-shirt which he designed and became a symbol of Lithuanian basketball
Grateful Dead members in the early 1980s: Brent Mydland, Bob Weir, and Jerry Garcia watch Bill Kreutzmann play the drums. Not pictured are Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart.
Mail-ordered Grateful Dead concert tickets for their spring 1994 Nassau Coliseum run of shows
Mickey Hart and Bob Weir at the Library of Congress 200th birthday, 2000
Bob Weir and Mickey Hart performing at the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball during the Obama Inaugural

The Grateful Dead performed at the event along with the Hare Krishna founder Bhaktivedanta Swami, poet Allen Ginsberg, bands Moby Grape and Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, donating proceeds to the Krishna temple.

The movie poster

Festival Express

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The movie poster

Festival Express is a 2003 documentary film about the 1970 train tour of the same name across Canada taken by some of North America's most popular rock bands, including the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, Flying Burrito Bros, Ian & Sylvia's Great Speckled Bird, and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.

Pearl (Janis Joplin album)

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Pearl is the second and final solo studio album by Janis Joplin, released on January 11, 1971, three months after her death on October 4, 1970.

Ball and Chain (Big Mama Thornton song)

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Blues song written and recorded by American blues artist Big Mama Thornton.

Blues song written and recorded by American blues artist Big Mama Thornton.

Although her recording did not appear on the record charts, the song has become one of Thornton's best-known, largely due to performances and recordings by Janis Joplin.

Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2006, showing a quartet lineup for a rock band (from left to right: bassist, lead vocalist, drummer, and guitarist)

Rock music

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Broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s, developing into a range of different styles in the mid-1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s, developing into a range of different styles in the mid-1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2006, showing a quartet lineup for a rock band (from left to right: bassist, lead vocalist, drummer, and guitarist)
A simple drum pattern common in rock music
Chuck Berry in a 1958 publicity photo
Elvis Presley in a promotion shot for Jailhouse Rock in 1957
The Everly Brothers in 2006
James Brown performing in 1969
The Beach Boys performing in 1964
The Beatles arriving in New York at the start of the British Invasion, January 1964
The D-Men (later the Fifth Estate) in 1964
Eric Clapton performing in Barcelona in 1974
Joan Baez and Bob Dylan in 1963
The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968
Prog rock band Yes performing in concert in Indianapolis in 1977
Jaco Pastorius of Weather Report in 1980
The Eagles during their 2008–2009 Long Road out of Eden Tour
David Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders Tour in 1972
Carlos Santana, New Year's Eve 1976 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco
Led Zeppelin live at Chicago Stadium in January 1975
Bruce Springsteen in East Berlin in 1988
Patti Smith, performing in 1976
Vocalist Johnny Rotten and guitarist Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols
Deborah Harry from the band Blondie, performing at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto in 1977
U2 performing on the Joshua Tree Tour 2017
R.E.M. was a successful alternative rock band in the 1980s/90s
Nirvana performing in 1992
Oasis performing in 2005
Foo Fighters performing an acoustic show in 2007
Green Day performing in 2013
Lo-fi indie rock band Pavement
Linkin Park performing at 2009 Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland
Travis in 2007
The Strokes performing in 2006
The 1969 Woodstock Festival was seen as a celebration of the countercultural lifestyle.
Suzi Quatro is a singer, bassist and bandleader. When she launched her career in 1973, she was one of the few prominent women instrumentalists and bandleaders.

Key acts included Paul Butterfield (whose band acted like Mayall's Bluesbreakers in Britain as a starting point for many successful musicians), Canned Heat, the early Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, the J. Geils Band and Jimi Hendrix with his power trios, the Jimi Hendrix Experience (which included two British members, and was founded in Britain), and Band of Gypsys, whose guitar virtuosity and showmanship would be among the most emulated of the decade.

Chet Helms Memorial – Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, October 30, 2005

Chet Helms

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Music promoter and a counterculture figure in San Francisco during its hippie period in the mid- to-late 1960s.

Music promoter and a counterculture figure in San Francisco during its hippie period in the mid- to-late 1960s.

Chet Helms Memorial – Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, October 30, 2005

Helms was the founder and manager of Big Brother and the Holding Company and recruited Janis Joplin as its lead singer.

Promotional poster designed by Arnold Skolnick Originally, the bird was perched on a flute.

Woodstock

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Music festival held August 15–18, 1969, on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York, 40 mi southwest of the town of Woodstock.

Music festival held August 15–18, 1969, on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York, 40 mi southwest of the town of Woodstock.

Promotional poster designed by Arnold Skolnick Originally, the bird was perched on a flute.
Max Yasgur's dairy farm in 1968
Woodstock festival site with the stage
Joe Cocker performs on stage at left before crowd and huge lighting/sound towers
Magazine advertisement promoting the Woodstock Music & Art Fair's "Aquarian Exposition," to be held in Wallkill, NY.
Peace and Music Woodstock monument with plaques by sculptor Wayne C. Saward and erected in 1984 on the festival site. (Note that John Sebastian's surname is misspelled as "Sabastian" and Bert Sommer's name is missing)
Opening ceremony at Woodstock. Swami Satchidananda giving the opening speech
A rainy day (August 15, 1969)
Concert attendees
Joe Cocker and the Grease Band performing at Woodstock
Photo taken near Woodstock on August 18, 1969
Richie Havens performing at Woodstock
Tents and cars of spectators at Woodstock

In June 2009, complete performances from Woodstock by Santana, Janis Joplin, Sly & the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, and Johnny Winter were released separately by Legacy/SME Records, and were also collected in a box set titled The Woodstock Experience.