I always wanted to be an artist, whatever that was, like other chicks want to be stewardesses.
I read. I painted. I thought."
There is only one Janis Joplin, and that is the sign of greatness. She wasn’t the best singer around, she didn’t have the best voice around and she definitely wasn’t the most pretty one around, but she was the best Janis Joplin the world has ever known and will ever know.
I'm one of those regular weird people."
Janis Joplin was honest, brutally honest. And we love it, there is no alternative, either you love Janis Joplin or you are a republican banker. She might be a bit loud, she might be a little out of key, and she probably is a bit too drunk to be on stage but still, the best show in town, Any town, Any decade.
There was something raspy about her voice, like sandpaper rubbing against your soul, like running naked through a rose garden admiring both the flowers and the signs the thorns leave in your flesh. I used to listen to Janis a lot when I was younger, but as I grew old I find it harder and harder to listen to more than three songs in a row.
It is not that I like her less now, on the contrary, I still find new things every time I listen to her, it is just that as a young man you enjoy the thorns as part of youth, as a rite of passage into the human race, and now I just find them painful.
Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable."
Maybe I have become too soft, maybe the years of forcefully shedding of artificial layers of psychological shield have left me too sensitive, too vulnerable, and Janis's voice is too strong, too penetrating, too painful to me.
But I still listen, I have to, it's Janis Joplin, it reminds me of what is real, I just do it in smaller dosage. I would never give up this privilege of being torn apart by a purple haired freak holding a bottle of jack and a loose joint. and she gave all she could, all she had, all of it.
On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people,
then I go home alone."
Janis Joplin's death was almost as famous as her career, or at least, it is not nice to say but is the truth, very helpful. To tell the truth, I wouldn’t like to see an old Joplin, as it wasn’t a pretty sight even when she was young. Alcohol does it to you, eats you up from within. But it was the price to pay for having all those feelings we hear in her song, having that burning fire inside of her, that passion, that hurt.
Without all of those she wouldn’t have been Janis Joplin and we wouldn't have one of the best, most haunting, most moving, most Janis Joplin singer we ever knew.
You know why we're stuck with the myth that only black people have soul? Because white people don't let themselves feel things."
The biggest gift Janis Joplin left us, even more then the recordings of her songs was her legacy, her influence on aspiring singers and aspiring drunks around the world.
They all know there is only one Janis Joplin, and no one dares, thank god, to imitate her, but she is still, and will always be a beacon to aim by, a guiding star of what is true singing, from the heart, from the guts, to where it counts.
Janis Joplin is definitely one of my biggest influences. She taught me how to feel music, and I don't think there's anyone like her that could bring such pain and emotion to a song." - LeAnn Rimes