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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Gravenites at the Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival in Guerneville, California, 2006

Nick Gravenites

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Gravenites at the Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival in Guerneville, California, 2006

Nicholas George Gravenites (born October 2, 1938) is an American blues, rock and folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for his work with Electric Flag (as their lead singer), Janis Joplin, Mike Bloomfield and several influential bands and individuals of the generation springing from the 1960s and 1970s.

Winter in 1990

Johnny Winter

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American singer and guitarist.

American singer and guitarist.

Winter in 1990
Johnny Winter, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1969
Woodstock Reunion, Parr Meadows, Yaphank, New York, 1979
Winter in 2007

Johnny entered into a short-lived affair with Janis Joplin, which culminated at a concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, where Johnny joined her on stage to sing and perform.

James Gurley

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American musician.

American musician.

He is best known as the principal lead guitarist of Big Brother and the Holding Company, a psychedelic/acid rock band from San Francisco which was fronted by singer Janis Joplin from 1966 to 1968.

Bloomfield c. 1968

Mike Bloomfield

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American guitarist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois, who became one of the first popular music superstars of the 1960s to earn his reputation almost entirely on his instrumental prowess, as he rarely sang before 1969.

American guitarist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois, who became one of the first popular music superstars of the 1960s to earn his reputation almost entirely on his instrumental prowess, as he rarely sang before 1969.

Bloomfield c. 1968
An advertisement concert featuring the Mike Bloomfield Band for a 1973 show in Indianapolis.

Bloomfield also helped Janis Joplin assemble her Kozmic Blues Band (for the album I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues, Again Mama!) in 1969, co-wrote "Work Me, Lord" for the album, and played the guitar solo on Joplin's blues composition "One Good Man".

Stanley in 1967 at his arraignment

Owsley Stanley

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American-Australian audio engineer and clandestine chemist.

American-Australian audio engineer and clandestine chemist.

Stanley in 1967 at his arraignment

In addition to his large archive of Dead performances, Stanley made numerous live recordings of other leading 1960s and 1970s artists appearing in San Francisco, including Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, early Jefferson Starship, Old & In the Way, Janis Joplin, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Taj Mahal, Santana, Miles Davis, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, and Blue Cheer.

Hawkins at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

Ronnie Hawkins

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American-Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter whose career spanned more than half a century.

American-Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter whose career spanned more than half a century.

Hawkins at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival
Ronnie Hawkins's star on Canada's Walk of Fame

Others he had recruited later formed Janis Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie Band, Crowbar, Bearfoot, and Skylark.

Fred Foster

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American record producer, songwriter, and music business executive who founded Monument Records.

American record producer, songwriter, and music business executive who founded Monument Records.

Foster suggested to Kris Kristofferson the title and theme of "Me and Bobby McGee", which became a hit for Kristofferson, Roger Miller, and Janis Joplin, and for which Foster received a co-writing credit.

Thornton in the mid-late 1950s

Big Mama Thornton

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American R&B singer and songwriter.

American R&B singer and songwriter.

Thornton in the mid-late 1950s

Similarly, Thornton originally recorded her song "Ball 'n' Chain" for Bay-Tone Records in the early 1960s, "and though the label chose not to release the song... they did hold on to the copyright" — which meant that Thornton missed out on the publishing royalties when Janis Joplin recorded the song later in the decade.

The "Stax-o-Wax" logo used during the Atlantic distribution years

Stax Records

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American record company, originally based in Memphis, Tennessee.

American record company, originally based in Memphis, Tennessee.

The "Stax-o-Wax" logo used during the Atlantic distribution years
Hip Hug-Her, by Booker T. & the MG's (1967), showing the two different Atlantic-era Stax logos
The Stax Museum on McLemore Avenue in Memphis, founded in 2003, is a replica of the Stax studio, built on the same site where many of the historic Stax recording sessions took place. The original Stax studio was demolished in 1989.
Tennessee Historical Commission marker at the original site of Stax Records, now the site of the Stax campus.

Stax also sponsored a Christmas concert in Memphis for several years, the most notorious of which was held in 1968, when special guest Janis Joplin performed drunk and was booed off of the stage.

Rothchild with Conrad Reeder in 1994

Paul A. Rothchild

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Rothchild with Conrad Reeder in 1994

Paul Allen Rothchild (April 18, 1935 – March 30, 1995) was a prominent American record producer of the 1960s and 1970s, widely known for his historic work with the Doors, producing Janis Joplin's final album Pearl and mid-60s production of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band's self-titled first album and the influential follow-up East-West.