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When I was a young lad I grabbed a beer at Max's Kansas City on Union Square during a late night ramble around the Village with some pals, and who comes in the door but Joplin and some band members (The Holding Company) after a show.
She pulls up a chair next to me at the bar and says "You're cute" then proceeds to ignore me and orders a few rounds of whiskeys for herself and the band. I do not know whether I was cute but she was not cute at all. They were all obviously drugged on something. I always thought Janis was a stoner suburban phoney. She could screech, though, and let it rip, which is not nothing.
I used to see her at the original Threadgill's here in Austin when she was first up from the Beaumont Port Arthur area. Yes, she really could sing, especially pre- Holding Company days, but Bird Dog you're not to far off with the "Janis was a stoner suburban phoney".
Interesing story, BD! It's fun to recount brushes with fame - even if it's no more than that, and it usually is.
Mama Cass was sure impressed by Janis at Monterey Pop!
I thought she was ok, BB & the Holding Company was a pretty mediocre band and when she got better bands, her music wasn't the style I preferred. I always wondered what she would be up to if she hadn't wasted herself. Somehow, I don't think she would be any competition to Beth Hart (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fALdOkf_eCM) or Christina Aguilera (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hYi4bxaMbs).
I never thought Janis Joplin had that good a voice. If she were black, she would have been totally ignored. IIRC, she won the Ugliest Man on Campus competition at UT Austin. Factoid: Bill Bennett once went out with her.
AND, I have two memories of that time in which I never participated (born before the baby boomers). I never did understand why the BBers got such a giggle out of Mick jagger wearing a sock in the wrong place!
Nor, did I ever understand why then governor (and once again governor) of California Jerry Brown saw in the Lina Ronstadt gal. She was not a great singer--BUT she was Mexican, so I suppose that accounts for his taste in music.
Janis Joplin had NO voice to speak of; she simply screeched and for her listeners, the drugs took over for that huge vacumn in talent.
IBut, if nothing else, "Take Another Little Piece of My Heart" was the national anthem for acid and meth users everywhere! Always reminds me of dirty, faded, bellbottom jeans and worn out paisley shirts.
Man, I know what Jerry Brown saw in Linda Ronstadt. So does every other guy who was older than 12 in the 1970s. As to her singing...she has said that she didn't really start learning how to sing until 1974 or so. By the 80's, when she was doing her torch song albums, she had really changed her singing style.