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The Janis Joplin philosophy: Every Moment She Is What She Feels

Michael Lydon, The New York Times, 23 February 1969

 

SAN FRANCISCO — In a miserably rainy San Francisco winter, Janis Joplin was, by all the rules of show-biz myth, At a Truly Crucial Point In A Star's Career. As lead singer with the freak rock-blues group, Big Brother and the Holding Company, riding the wave of music out of the whole hip movement, Janis had become the biggest female star in rock 'n' roll. Yet a month before, with her fame still growing, she had quit to go solo and sing heavier rhythm and blues.

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