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Janis Joplin's star rose fast, burned bright and burned out too soon.
The blues-influenced rocker had one of the most powerful voices of the Sixties. Her voice is equal parts tough and vulnerable, a shout into the void that resonated with a generation. She has been called “the greatest white urban blues and soul singer of her generation.” Joplin’s vocal intensity proved a perfect match for the high-energy music of Big Brother and the Holding Company, resulting in a mix of blues, folk and psychedelic rock. Moreover, her performance with Big Brother at 1967’s Monterey International Pop Festival, a highlight of the film documentary Monterey Pop (1968), is among the great performances in rock history. More on rockhall.com...
Janis Joplin performs "To Love Somebody" on the Dick Cavett Show
(July 18, 1969)
Janis Joplin live performance of "Piece of my Heart" in Germany, 1968
Rock Hall Video
Rock Hall curatorial director Howard Kramer shares the full story behind 1995 Hall of Fame inductee Janis Joplin's famously psychedelic 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet.
Laura and Michael Joplin accept for Janis Joplin at the 1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions.
Melissa Etheridge inducts Janis Joplin into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
Songwriter Jerry Ragovoy remembers his first meeting with Janis Joplin.
Melissa Etheridge performs Janis Joplin at the 1995 Rock Hall Induction ceremony.
Music Masters 2009. Kosmik Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin - Songwriters to Soundmen series with John Byrne Cooke
Interview with Joplin's road manager and filmmaker John Byrne Cooke, discussing his experience as the road manager for Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company. Presentation includes 8mm films of Joplin shot by Cooke during tours, and a live performance.
ARC-0029 Herb Staehr Collection
Includes live audio and video recordings of Joplin.
ARC-0267 Collection on Janis Joplin
Spans the years 1948 and 1966 to 1970. Comprised of handbills from concerts Joplin personally attended, including Bo Diddley, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane; handwritten song lyrics; promotional and candid photographs of Joplin, both individually with Big Brother and the Holding Company, on and off stage; a poster for Janis Joplin at Royal Albert Hall from 1969; and printed materials Joplin collected.
ARC-0401 Invitation to Janis Joplin's Wake
The Invitation to Janis Joplin's Wake was sent to donor Charles Pattie, who attended the event on October 26, 1970 at the Lion's Share, 60 Red Hill Road, San Anselmo, California. Pattie was a friend of Joplin and manager of the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic in San Francisco, of which Joplin was a supporter. He remembers the wake as invitation-only and that the bulk of the attendees were Hell's Angels, Haight Clinic staff, and band members from the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Quicksilver, among others.
YouTube Interview Videos
Janis Joplin interview on the Dick Cavett Show (July 18, 1969)