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  posted on 9/28/2008 at 02:37 PM
The 38th anniversary of Janis Joplin's death is approaching. I was thinking about how short her music career was. She did make several albums (CHEAP THRILLS, PEARL) and just one hit single: ME & BOBBY MCGEE. She performed at many major 60s concert events such as Woodstock, Monterey and Festival Express.

Back in the 60s she was considered the best white blues singer. Almost 40 years later is this still true? Has her music stood the test of time?

 

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  posted on 9/28/2008 at 02:39 PM
The "best" white blues singer? Debatable for sure and will be debated certainly.

I think there is NO question her music has stood the test of time.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2008 at 02:41 PM
I don't see how there can even be a debate over this question. Janis paved the way for EVERY female rock 'n' roll singer who followed her. What she did, although short and few, is classic and will always be. "Ball and Chain" at Monterey Pop still gives me chills every time I see or hear it. I don't know any other singer who was quite so naked in showing her raw emotion and pain onstage. There still is, and likely never will be, anyone quite like her, either male or female. Janis, like ABB, was one who really had to be witnessed live to be appreciated. I never saw her, but fortunately there is some footage out there. It would be nice to see DVD's of her entire Monterey and Woodstock sets if the film exists.

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  posted on 9/28/2008 at 02:42 PM
I listened to Pearl the other day and it sounded good
 

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  posted on 9/28/2008 at 02:57 PM
Absolutely! Her music has stood the test of time.
She is still the best white blues singer and one of the
best of all blues singers of all time. Not just her music,
but her personality as well, defined her. We used to watch
her on Dick Cavett's show. What a character she was.

Every few years we hear a movie will be made about her,
but it never gets made. I don't think they can find an actress
who can play her. I don't count the Bette Midler movie. I hope
they do make a movie about her life one day.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2008 at 03:05 PM
My favorite Janis album also features my favorite guitarist, Mike Bloomfield (uncredited) and yes indeed it definitely stands the test of time.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2008 at 03:24 PM
It has stood the test for sure. It always cracks me up at every gig there is at least 1 lady that tries to sing Janis karaoke. I have heard the absolute worst. but every now and then someone really belts out some great Janis. There is a movie coming out around Christmas with Pink playing the role of Janis. I have heard some of the cuts with Pink singing, and she sounds fantastic.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2008 at 03:50 PM
Has she ever !!!!

 

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  posted on 9/28/2008 at 03:51 PM
Absolutely! There is no white lady that has come along with the deep power of Janis' voice. It was unique with a incredible soulful stage presence. No one has come close.

And what robslob said about her raw emotion. She held nothing back.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2008 at 04:25 PM
Yes!, she was one of a kind and left us way too soon!. THE WORLD WAS ROBBED OF SOME GREAT MUSIC!!.
 

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  posted on 9/28/2008 at 06:29 PM
I hadn't heard about the Janis movie, but I'll sure be looking for it.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2008 at 06:45 PM
She paved the way, But I don't find her muisic listenable anymore.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2008 at 09:19 PM
You know what song of her's I really like? It's a sort of unknown one called "Half Moon" I am a little tired of her famous songs as I am with many staples of classic rock radio but some of her lesser known gems are excellent.

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  posted on 9/28/2008 at 09:35 PM
I think Janis Joplin is to female rock singers what Jimi Hendrix is to rock guitar players. She set the standard!!!

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  posted on 9/28/2008 at 10:03 PM
When performers get known by just a first name, that is one clue that they have entered into the mystic....Otis.....Duane....Jimi....Janis.

No one has reached Janis level IMHO. Maggie Bell came close.

 

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When performers get known by just a first name, that is one clue that they have entered into the mystic....Otis.....Duane....Jimi....Janis.

No one has reached Janis level IMHO. Maggie Bell came close.

I'm hoping the next great female artist will be Grace Potter. She IS the total package.

 

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  posted on 9/29/2008 at 12:44 AM
I love Janis' music. I'm currently reading the bio on her called Pearl.

Yes I do think that her music has stood the test of time. I enjoy the Janis Live album and the 1968 Winterland live recording too.

[Edited on 9/29/2008 by The_Newt]

 

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  posted on 9/29/2008 at 12:47 AM
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It has stood the test for sure. It always cracks me up at every gig there is at least 1 lady that tries to sing Janis karaoke. I have heard the absolute worst. but every now and then someone really belts out some great Janis. There is a movie coming out around Christmas with Pink playing the role of Janis. I have heard some of the cuts with Pink singing, and she sounds fantastic.


Whatever happened to the Melissa Etheridge flick??

She he a PERFECT voice to portray Janis IMHO

 

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  posted on 9/29/2008 at 12:54 AM
I think she is still beloved by every generation, even Albert King referred to her as the "Queen". Personally I can't listen to her, her voice makes my ears shove knives into their ear hearts. I'll take Roger Miller's "Me & Bobby McGhee" and the Ikettes "Piece of My Heart" any freeeaking day.

 

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Whatever happened to the Melissa Etheridge flick??

She he a PERFECT voice to portray Janis IMHO


But she's twice as old as Janis ever lived to be. We don't need another BEYOND THE SEA

 

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It has stood the test for sure. It always cracks me up at every gig there is at least 1 lady that tries to sing Janis karaoke. I have heard the absolute worst. but every now and then someone really belts out some great Janis. There is a movie coming out around Christmas with Pink playing the role of Janis. I have heard some of the cuts with Pink singing, and she sounds fantastic.


Whatever happened to the Melissa Etheridge flick??

She he a PERFECT voice to portray Janis IMHO


Pink To Play Janis Joplin In Movie About Her Life
'Gospel According to Janis' will be directed by Penelope Spheeris.

By Corey Moss
On "Unwind" from Pink's Try This, she sings, "I've only been here for 27 years/ But already my life is over."

Pink, who is 24, wrote the first-person song from the perspective of Janis Joplin, the legendary rocker who died in 1970 at 27.

Consider it a preview of her next project. Pink has signed on the play Joplin in a biopic scheduled to shoot this summer, according a spokesperson for director Penelope Spheeris, who has been developing the movie for 15 years.

Spheeris, whose résumé includes "Wayne's World" and "Black Sheep," also co-wrote the script, tentatively titled "The Gospel According to Janis."

The movie is one of two Joplin biopics in development in Hollywood. It's been widely reported that the other, titled "Piece of My Heart," will star Renée Zellweger, although a spokesperson for Paramount Pictures said it was too early to confirm casting.

Pink landed the role in Spheeris' movie, which has the endorsement from the Joplin estate, after screen-testing two scenes and singing two Joplin songs. The director described the audition to Daily Variety as "the most gratifying moment in my film career."

Clive Davis, who signed Joplin to her first major record contract, has also worked with Pink and will spearhead the soundtrack.

Although her solo career lasted only a few years, the raspy-voiced Joplin is considered one of the greatest female singers in rock history. Before dying of a heroin overdose, she scored hits with "Piece of My Heart," "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Mercedes Benz."

Give Pink a listen in this Janis tribute.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mTps0aOUTU

[Edited on 9/29/2008 by Mulehead1]

 

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  posted on 9/29/2008 at 07:54 AM
It's HENDRIX....not trying to correct but,com'on !! ............I loved Janis,alway's have,alway's will.

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  posted on 9/29/2008 at 08:13 AM
YES, but...................

Her legacy is hampered by only three albums. The first is with Big Brother, who even at the time were critiqued as crude and amatuerish, and listening now, well..... it's true.... My favorite album is Kozmic Blues, although at the time many considered it too "horny". It to me is closest to the style she needed. Pearl is quite good also, she was doing the odd "character" thing with Pearl, which was kind of strange, she dressed and went around like that with the feather boas..... she was quite a story and person.....

and someone play her in a movie? that is silly...... like there is anyone that could? I mean, REALLY!

She never did the one standout album that nailed it, it was yet to come and never did. She is another tragic example of excess, being used and abused, and the glitter life killing again..... But when she Hit The Note, lookout...................

 

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  posted on 9/29/2008 at 08:43 AM
just one hit single: ME & BOBBY MCGEE

she had more hits..down on me,try just a little bit harder,piece of my heart etc..

 

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  posted on 9/29/2008 at 09:03 AM
with out a doubt,Her music has and will stand for as long as we have music,she was a one of a kind person and singer who lived what she sang.. RIP Janis

 

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