Janis Joplin-A forgotten legend?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Rufus rag, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. Rufus rag

    Rufus rag Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Just watched an excellent biogaphy on BBC 4 called 'Janis Joplin-Little Girl Blue'. I know little of her & don't own a anything by her but 'wow', what a voice. A search of this forum came up relatively blank & her name is seldom mentioned. I was always aware of her 'name' but nothing beyond that yet she was clearly influential in opening doors for female rock stars incl. Stevie Nicks. Am just curious why she seems larlegly forgotten about in the context of a true 'legend'?
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  2. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    I still remember.
  3. mick_sh

    mick_sh Made it, Ma! Top of the world!

    Madrid, Spain
    Janis is the indisputable Queen of rock.
  4. Jim Walker

    Jim Walker Forum Resident

    southeast porttown
    Getting ready to post another spin from the west coast that just started, and saw this thread. I don't think she's forgotten, and is up there with the legends that meant something for a place in time like all the greats. My favorite intro to any Janice record, from the Pearls box, killer sound... I Got Dem Ol Kozmic Blues Again.

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  5. Aftermath

    Aftermath Senior Member

    Amazing singer, but yeah, she does seem to be somewhat forgotten nowadays, IMHO.
  6. bluemooze

    bluemooze Forum Resident

    Frenchtown NJ USA
    Right you are. :righton:
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  7. @Rufus rag might want to fix that title typo before it’s too late...
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  8. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff

    New England

    There are many threads here on Janis, and her name is often mentioned, contrary to the OP’s observations. The only threads on “Janus” may be in the video forum.

  9. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident

    She's not forgotten but she's also not as fondly remembered as others from the era because she was/is well... kind of an acquired taste.
  10. notesofachord

    notesofachord Where are the prawns?

    The Monterey Pop Festival (and film) brought her fame.
  11. joefont

    joefont Forum Resident

    I'd say that once everyone who was alive when she was alive is gone, she'll be pretty much relegated from a chapter to a couple of paragraphs.
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  12. A Saucerful of Scarlets

    A Saucerful of Scarlets Commenter Turned Viewer

    I find her voice grating and judging by interviews she doesn’t seem like the nicest person. Just my two cents. But I don’t think she’s forgotten at all. There’s not a lot of mention of Jeffison Airplane either, but I don’t think they’re forgotten, just not as well remembered as other 60’s stars.
  13. Dynamic Ranger

    Dynamic Ranger Forum Resident

    Old Town, Maine
    I love Janis Joplin. The people of today just don't remember, or acknowledge her because (most of them) are just too plain ignorant and self-absorbed to discover her beautiful works and creations.

    To me though, she's never forgotten. And never will be!
  14. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident

    I think a lot of her music has aged really badly which is why you don't hear it on oldies radio.
  15. qwerty

    qwerty A resident of the SH Forums.

    I think a lot of her legacy is lost because she is perceived as a hippy and also as the person with her mental health struggles. This has overshadowed her enormous musical talent. Her last album demonstrated that she was focused on producing quality music, and was broadening away from the SanFrancisco early days. Had she lived longer she would have gained broader appeal and recognition.
  16. gkella

    gkella Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    Not forgotten in my house.
    I love Janis.
    So glad I got to see her perform.
    Festival Express in Toronto, 1970.
    An electric performance I will never forget.
    Just a few months later, she was gone.
  17. KevinP

    KevinP Forum introvert

    Wellington , NZ
    Not forgotten, but she also didn't get that posthumous iconisation process that many stars get.
  18. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident

    I don't think she deserves to be put into the same group as Hendrix or even Morrison.
  19. BrutandCharisma

    BrutandCharisma Forum Resident

    Denver, Colorado
    The Jimi Hendrix of blues vocals.

    Great talent, largely unlistenable.
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  20. DBR49

    DBR49 Well-Known Member

    Her sound, her sense of humor, came from such a bottomless well of pain and defiance that I really can't blame later generations for taking a pass. Me, I love her music, especially (especially) the experimental approach of Big Brother backing her up. Saw her and the band three or four times, always an experience. Forgotten or remembered, people like her own their brief part of time and it will always be there.
  21. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'...

    clifton park,ny
    One big difference between janis and some the others that died young like hendrix and jim Morrison is that she didn't leave behind a big library of unreleased music. Like them she still gets airplay on the classic stations but unlike them there hasn't been tons of rare recordings seeing the light of day for the first time decades after she left us. Al Wilson of canned heat suffers from the same fate.
  22. gkella

    gkella Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    She sure was at the time.
    She was the Queen.
    Hendrix was the King.
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  23. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident

    Plenty of people were big "at the time" but we don't consider them worthy of being amongst the greats now. :shrug:
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  24. SBegonias17

    SBegonias17 Forum Resident

    I think this right here is your answer. She hasn’t been the subject of relentless reissue campaigns and scraping of the barrel that some of the other young deceased rock performers from that era have been.

    I think a little bit is time and place as well - her image is a little more of the dated 60s hippiedom than Morrison or Hendrix, fair or not.
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  25. SBegonias17

    SBegonias17 Forum Resident

    I’d put her among the all time greats when it comes to female rock vocals, but would concur that she isn’t as consistently viewed among the greats by younger generations (FWIW I was born in the early 80s).
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