Carolyn Wonderland Discusses Janis Joplin Comparisons
... (The Blues) Texan blueswoman Carolyn Wonderland has learned to live with comparisons to Janis Joplin
and even got over her fear of playing the late vocalist's material in public. Wonderland accepts it's an easy connection to make, because she's female, has long hair, plays guitar and delivers powerful vocal performances. She tells Culturemap: "I used to think it was merely lazy journalists - Texas plus girl plus signer equals Joplin - but it turns out, it's a universal reference. I can think of far worse things to have said, but nobody can ever live up to such expectations." That's the reason, she says, that she and many musicians like her wouldn't dare to perform the late icon's material in public. Wonderland herself only broke the taboo in 2009, more than 15 years into her career, when she performed What Good Can Drinkin' Do at an American Music Masters show in honour of Joplin's legacy. Find out what she had to say here. The Blues Magazine is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright The Blues Magazine - Excerpted here with permission. Carolyn Wonderland Discusses Janis Joplin
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Janis Joplin Honored with Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
... Legendary rock singer Janis Joplin
was honored with a Hollywood "Walk of Fame" star yesterday, exactly forty-three years and one month after her unexpected death in 1970. Joplin, who became one of the most iconic figures of the 60s rock and roll scene, would have been 70 this year. Country music luminary Kris Kristofferson paid tribute to his late friend at the unveiling of the star by performing one of Joplin's biggest hits, "Me and Bobby McGee," a song the he penned himself. Kristofferson later spoke to Rolling Stone about his close relationship with Joplin. "It's really hard to say much about the stars and how much they mean. She means so much more to me than a star on a sidewalk," he said. Renowned music producer Clive Davis also paid tribute to the Queen of Psychedelic Soul in a speech, stating that she was the first artist he ever signed to Columbia Records. "She embodied everything -- everything -- I was looking for: the innovative and the charismatic; the artist for a new generation," Davis said. "And, of course, it broke my heart when she died." Janis Joplin
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Janis Joplin Honored on Hollywood 'Walk of Fame'
... much more to me than a star on a sidewalk," he said. Still, the recognition comes at a time when Joplin is enjoying a resurgence thanks to the recen Broadway show, A Night With Janis, and a clothing line, Made For Pearl. "One of our goals is trying to keep Janis in the forefront," her brother Michael told Rolling Stone. "Everything just seems to be aligning by accident more than by design, which is a fabulous thing." Related100 Greatest Artists: Janis JoplinJanis Joplin's Full-Tilt Boogie RideStream Janis Joplin
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Janis Joplin (Jan. 19, 1943-Oct. 4, 1970)
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Joplin was found dead in room 105 of the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles after a heroin overdose. The hotel has been renamed The Highland Gardens.
She left $1500 in her will for a funeral party. It was held at The Lion's Share in San Anselmo, California, on October 26, 1971. The Grateful Dead performed.
She was on the cover of Newsweek May 26, 1969.
Her idol was Blues singer Bessie Smith. When she found out Smith was buried in an unmarked grave, she bought a headstone that read "The greatest Blues singer in the world will never stop singing."
The 1979 movie The Rose, starring Bette Midler, was based on Joplin's life.
In 1963, she was voted "The Ugliest Man on Campus" at the University of Texas, Austin. This prompted her to leave her home state of Texas and go to San Francisco.
She was going to be married in 1966, but backed out to join Big Brother and the Holding Company. Other dating exploits include going to a barbecue with the future United States Secretary of Education William J. Bennett and hitting Doors frontman Jim Morrison over the head with a broken bottle when he tried to pick her up.
Joplin appeared in many movies, mostly because of her music. These include Janis, Woodstock, Festival Express and Petulia (starring George C. Scott and the Grateful Dead).
Love, Janis is a biography of her written by her sister Laura, who is also a psychotherapist.
She played with many bands over her career. She started with Big Brother, and then used the Joplinaires, the Kozmic Blues Band, and the Full-Tilt Boogie Band as backing groups.
She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 - the same year as Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers Band, Frank Zappa, Al Green, Martha and the Vandellas, and Neil Young.
Her ashes were scattered off the coast of California.
Joplin: "Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That's what music is to me." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
In 1967, one of Janis' lovers was Joe McDonald, of Country Joe and the Fish
. They were reportedly quite happy together; they would typically lie together in their apartment and crank up the radio whenever either a Country Joe or a Big Brother (Janis' band) song would come on. Janis joked that for a while their bands merged into "Country Brother and the Holding Fish." They broke up very amicably, parting more for their careers than anything else.
Probably one of the greatest tragedies that shaped Janis' worldview and hence life was her having been born and raised in Texas. Many times she would refer to the relentless bullying she'd been a victim of in that most conservative of US states. She spent most of her adult life seeking the approval and acceptance she'd never found in school. In 1969, just after a September concert at the Hollywood Bowl, she played for a packed audience in Austin, Texas, in October. Of the audience described in the papers as "frantically enthusiastic," she remarked afterwards "I used to go to school here and they never treated me like this!"
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