Janis Joplin made several appearances on ‘The Dick Cavett Show’. See her 1970 interview below. Joplin was known for her electric performing abilities and presence on and off stage. She was referred to as “The Queen of Rock and Roll” as well as “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul” and amongst her friends, she took on the nickname ‘Pearl’. Joplin was also a skilled painter, dancer and music arranger.
Today, 49 years ago, the Woodstock Festival was held outside New York on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel.
The Woodstock Festival was a three-day concert attended by over 400,000 people and involved a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock ’n roll. The event featured artists such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Band, Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, Blood Sweat and Tears, Country Joe and the Fish, Ravi Shanker Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Santana, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Canned Heat, Joan Baez, Melanie, Ten Years After, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Winter, and Jefferson Airplane.
Organised by four young men, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld, and Mike Lang, the 1969 Woodstock Festival became an icon of the 60’s hippie counterculture. The oldest of the four at the time was only 27 years old.
Janis Lyn Joplin was one of the most successful female American rock singers and songwriters of her era. She died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27 after releasing only three albums in her lifetime.
“Onstage, I make love to 25,000 people – then I go home, alone.” – Janis Joplin