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Remembering Janis Joplin 49 Years After Her Passing.

 

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“Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.” Janis Joplin

October 4th marks 49 years since Janis Joplin moved into spirit.

Janis Joplin exploded into the rock scene in 1967 and she took it by storm. She made a legendary entrance into massive public exposure by her performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. With her forceful, gutsy singing style, Joplin amazed many audience members. She was unlike any other white female vocalist at the time — folk icons Joan Baez and Judy Collins were known for their gentle sound.

She was arrested for using “vulgar and indecent language” while performing at Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa, Florida, on November 16, 1969. Unlike Jim Morrison, who was arrested onstage in the middle of his Florida performance earlier in 1969, Joplin was allowed to finish her concert and then got handcuffed by police backstage. Was released on a $504 bond after spending approximately an hour behind bars. During the four days, she remained in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area awaiting a preliminary hearing, she went fishing. At the hearing, she was advised by a local lawyer she hired, Herbert Goldburg, that jail time was unlikely. A photographer for Associated Press captured the two of them leaving police headquarters after the proceedings. The image shows Joplin, clad in a fur coat, grinning and flashing a “V” sign with her fingers. Goldburg looks displeased. Joplin made a point of telling the AP that her sign stood for “victory, not peace.” The following March she was fined $200 in absentia and the case was closed without her ever returning to Tampa.

On October 04, 1970 Janis Joplin died all alone in a cheap motel in Hollywood from a heroin overdose; she was only 27 years old. A sad little girl who died like she lived most of her life — alone. She was a vulnerable young woman.

To me she was the greatest female singer to grace this planet. She used her entire soul when she sang. I always preferred male singers, but Janis was different than any woman I had ever heard sing at that time. She arranged all of her own music and wrote some of her songs, a true talent. Unfortunately I never got to see her perform live, but I followed everything about her as she lived. She struck me as an extremely sad and lonely young woman. I had always been intuitive and for some reason her death was not surprising, she was a known heroin user and heavy alcoholic. I said my private goodbye to Janis. Her latest album, which she was recording at the time of her death, was released right after her death and I played it all the time. It was such a beautiful album, “Pearl,” and she finally had a top hit with “Me and Bobby McGee.” No one ever did that song better than her.

For those of us who lived during this wonderful creative time we can never forget Janis who changed the world then quickly left. Her influence is felt even to this day and will continue to be felt for centuries to come. What if she never would have truly lived and expressed what she felt? The world would have missed out on so much. There are no limitations to your life when you truly live. We are supposed to live not just exist. Live today!

“On stage I make love to twenty five thousand people; and then I go home alone.” Janis Joplin

In recognition of her significant accomplishments, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received a posthumous Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards in 2005.

Ranked #3 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll

She was voted the 47th Greatest Artist in Rock ‘n’ Roll by Rolling Stone.

Was friends with Jimi Hendrix.

Her friends called for Pearl. She was a rare gem!

Was good friends with Grace Slick and Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson wrote her song “Me and Bobby McGee”, which became her only 45 single to reach #1 on the Billboard chart.

Loved to drink Southern Comfort.

Made a provision in her will to pay for a party in her memory when she died.

Was cremated and her ashes were scattered on the Pacific Ocean.

Thank you for brightening the world sweet Pearl!
Cherokee Billie

My favorite song by Janis Joplin

 

Remembering Jimi Hendrix’s 71th Birthday!

Remembering Jimi Hendrix’s 71th Birthday! Click picture to read article.
November 27, 2013 marks Jimi Hendrix’s 71th birthday. This man single-handedly changed music Forever. It’s beyond me to even comprehend Jimi Hendrix at 71 years of age. Out of all the famous performers that I have seen live only one stands out above them all and it is Jimi Hendrix. I feel grateful that I lived In Los Angeles in the 60’s and was able to see this amazing man so many times in person. Perhaps no other rock-and-roll trailblazer has been as original or as influential in such a short span of time as Jimi Hendrix.

Widely acknowledged as one of the most daring and inventive virtuosos in rock history, Hendrix pioneered the electric guitar (he played a right-handed Fender Stratocaster upside-down and left-handed) as an electronic sound source capable of feedback, distortion, and a host of other effects that could be crafted into an articulate and fluid emotional vocabulary. Jimi literally made his guitar talk. For a man who could not read music and played the guitar with his left hand he showed what talent and determination can do. They did not make guitars for left handed guitar players at that time and he just strung the guitar strings backwards so he could perform.

Although he was on the scene as a solo artist for less than five years, Jimi Hendrix is credited for having a profound effect on everyone from Miles Davis to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Eric Clapton has stated that after seeing Jimi Hendrix the first time he knew that he, Eric, didn’t hold a candle to the talent of Jimi. In the few short years that he obtained superstardom he has never been forgotten.

Jimi came from a background of a black American of African, European, Cherokee Indian and Mexican descent. An unsettled home environment made Jimi spend much of his early years staying with his grandmother, a full-blooded Cherokee, in Canada. Jimi took care of his little brother with very little help from his father as his mother had passed away when he was only ten years old. At the age of seventeen he left and joined the army, where he served as a parachute jumper until he broke his ankle and was honorably discharged.

Aside from playing the guitar behind his head or with his teeth, Hendrix was renowned for setting his instrument on fire during his performances. The first time he set his guitar ablaze was on March 31, 1967, during a show at Finsbury Park in London. That year also marked the release of his first single, “Hey Joe,” which went to #6 and lasted ten weeks on the U.K. charts. It was followed in quick succession by “Purple Haze” (#3), “The Wind Cries Mary” and the trio’s ferocious debut album, “Are You Experienced?” which featured those tracks and the Hendrix staples “Foxy Lady” and “Manic Depression.”

Hendrix’s popularity in the United States was a bit slower in igniting, but “Are You Experienced?” finally broke through in a major way after a defining moment at the famed Monterey Pop Festival, in June of 1967, when the notoriously outlandish frontman created a sensation by coaxing flames from his Stratocaster during the band’s performance as a sacrifice for the audience. Throughout the next year, Hendrix’s eclectic psychedelia reached a zenith with two albums, “Axis: Bold as Love” and “Electric Ladyland” – the latter ranks as one of the greatest albums of the rock era.

He was recognized as the greatest guitarist when he was alive and one can only glimpse what might have been his future had he lived. There’s no question that he would have advanced musically beyond what he had done previously. So much of the music performed today would not exist were it not for the groundwork that Jimi Hendrix laid for those that followed after him. He perfected the use of the wha-wha pedal that alters the tone of guitars and to boost certain frequencies. Jimi’s wah-wah Style utilized a percussive “wacka-wacka” effect by muting strings and moving the pedal at the same time. The first time this was ever done was on the song “Little Miss Lover.”

His connection to the audience was so powerful and you felt like every note he played was just for you. I always think of how he came out smiling and how he always exited the same way, smiling. There were no fancy sound systems; yet, his music was so powerful he didn’t need what is used today to convey his music.

Orchestras have performed some of his songs and I often think how blown away Jimi would have been to have heard his songs done by famous orchestras. Perhaps he would have formed an orchestra himself. He certainly had the talent and the gift to do anything that he put his mind to.

Jimi never owned much of anything during his life as he traveled almost 50 weeks out of the year and what little free time he had he spent in the studio recording. He never was able to settle down into one place. He called himself a “Highway Child” and that was certainly a good description of what his life was. He did not leave a will and it took many years for his father to gain rights to his estate and it eventually passed to his brother Leon.

Located in Seattle Washington there is a beautiful exhibit called the Experience Music Project with more than 8,000 Jimi Hendrix artifacts in its collection.

Some may say that Jimi Hendrix burnt out, but to burn out you have to first be on fire, and my friends this man was on Fire!

For a gentle man who only lived 27 years he changed the face of music and performing for ever. I know that where ever you are Jimi you are still making beautiful music and smiling. And you certainly did live your life the way you wanted to!

Click Here to Read My Memoir about the First Time I Saw Jimi Hendrix Live!

Remembering Jimi Hendrix’s 70th Birthday!


November 27, 2012 marks Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday. This man single-handedly changed music Forever. It’s beyond me to even comprehend Jimi Hendrix at 70 years of age. Out of all the famous performers that I have seen live only one stands out above them all and it is Jimi Hendrix. I feel grateful that I lived In Los Angeles in the 60’s and was able to see this amazing man so many times in person. Perhaps no other rock-and-roll trailblazer has been as original or as influential in such a short span of time as Jimi Hendrix.

Widely acknowledged as one of the most daring and inventive virtuosos in rock history, Hendrix pioneered the electric guitar (he played a right-handed Fender Stratocaster upside-down and left-handed) as an electronic sound source capable of feedback, distortion, and a host of other effects that could be crafted into an articulate and fluid emotional vocabulary. Jimi literally made his guitar talk. For a man who could not read music and played the guitar with his left hand he showed what talent and determination can do. They did not make guitars for left handed guitar players at that time and he just strung the guitar strings backwards so he could perform.

Although he was on the scene as a solo artist for less than five years, Jimi Hendrix is credited for having a profound effect on everyone from Miles Davis to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Eric Clapton has stated that after seeing Jimi Hendrix the first time he knew that he, Eric, didn’t hold a candle to the talent of Jimi. In the few short years that he obtained superstardom he has never been forgotten.

Jimi came from a background of a black American of African, European, Cherokee Indian and Mexican descent. An unsettled home environment made Jimi spend much of his early years staying with his grandmother, a full-blooded Cherokee, in Canada. Jimi took care of his little brother with very little help from his father as his mother had passed away when he was only ten years old. At the age of seventeen he left and joined the army, where he served as a parachute jumper until he broke his ankle and was honorably discharged.

Aside from playing the guitar behind his head or with his teeth, Hendrix was renowned for setting his instrument on fire during his performances. The first time he set his guitar ablaze was on March 31, 1967, during a show at Finsbury Park in London. That year also marked the release of his first single, “Hey Joe,” which went to #6 and lasted ten weeks on the U.K. charts. It was followed in quick succession by “Purple Haze” (#3), “The Wind Cries Mary” and the trio’s ferocious debut album, “Are You Experienced?” which featured those tracks and the Hendrix staples “Foxy Lady” and “Manic Depression.”

Hendrix’s popularity in the United States was a bit slower in igniting, but “Are You Experienced?” finally broke through in a major way after a defining moment at the famed Monterey Pop Festival, in June of 1967, when the notoriously outlandish frontman created a sensation by coaxing flames from his Stratocaster during the band’s performance as a sacrifice for the audience. Throughout the next year, Hendrix’s eclectic psychedelia reached a zenith with two albums, “Axis: Bold as Love” and “Electric Ladyland” – the latter ranks as one of the greatest albums of the rock era.

He was recognized as the greatest guitarist when he was alive and one can only glimpse what might have been his future had he lived. There’s no question that he would have advanced musically beyond what he had done previously. So much of the music performed today would not exist were it not for the groundwork that Jimi Hendrix laid for those that followed after him. He perfected the use of the wha-wha pedal that alters the tone of guitars and to boost certain frequencies. Jimi’s wah-wah Style utilized a percussive “wacka-wacka” effect by muting strings and moving the pedal at the same time. The first time this was ever done was on the song “Little Miss Lover.”

His connection to the audience was so powerful and you felt like every note he played was just for you. I always think of how he came out smiling and how he always exited the same way, smiling. There were no fancy sound systems; yet, his music was so powerful he didn’t need what is used today to convey his music.

Orchestras have performed some of his songs and I often think how blown away Jimi would have been to have heard his songs done by famous orchestras. Perhaps he would have formed an orchestra himself. He certainly had the talent and the gift to do anything that he put his mind to.

Jimi never owned much of anything during his life as he traveled almost 50 weeks out of the year and what little free time he had he spent in the studio recording. He never was able to settle down into one place. He called himself a “Highway Child” and that was certainly a good description of what his life was. He did not leave a will and it took many years for his father to gain rights to his estate and it eventually passed to his brother Leon.

Located in Seattle Washington there is a beautiful exhibit called the Experience Music Project with more than 8,000 Jimi Hendrix artifacts in its collection.

Some may say that Jimi Hendrix burnt out, but to burn out you have to first be on fire, and my friends this man was on Fire!

For a gentle man who only lived 27 years he changed the face of music and performing for ever. I know that where ever you are Jimi you are still making beautiful music and smiling. And you certainly did live your life the way you wanted to!

Click Here to Read My Memoir about the First Time I Saw Jimi Hendrix Live!

Remembering Janis Joplin 42 Years After Her Passing.


“Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.” Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin exploded into the rock scene in 1967 and she took it by storm. She made a legendary entrance into massive public exposure by her performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. With her forceful, gutsy singing style, Joplin amazed many audience members. She was unlike any other white female vocalist at the time — folk icons Joan Baez and Judy Collins were known for their gentle sound.

She was arrested for using “vulgar and indecent language” while performing at Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa, Florida, on November 16, 1969. Unlike Jim Morrison, who was arrested onstage in the middle of his Florida performance earlier in 1969, Joplin was allowed to finish her concert and then got handcuffed by police backstage. Was released on a $504 bond after spending approximately an hour behind bars. During the four days, she remained in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area awaiting a preliminary hearing, she went fishing. At the hearing, she was advised by a local lawyer she hired, Herbert Goldburg, that jail time was unlikely. A photographer for Associated Press captured the two of them leaving police headquarters after the proceedings. The image shows Joplin, clad in a fur coat, grinning and flashing a “V” sign with her fingers. Goldburg looks displeased. Joplin made a point of telling the AP that her sign stood for “victory, not peace.” The following March she was fined $200 in absentia and the case was closed without her ever returning to Tampa.

On October 04, 1970 Janis Joplin died all alone in a cheap motel in Hollywood from a heroin overdose; she was only 27 years old. To me she was the greatest female singer to grace this planet. She used her entire soul when she sang. I always preferred male singers, but Janis was different than any woman I had ever heard sing at that time. She arranged all of her own music and wrote some of her songs, a true talent. Unfortunately I never got to see her perform live, but I followed everything about her as she lived. She struck me as an extremely sad and lonely young woman. I had always been intuitive and for some reason her death was not surprising, she was a known heroin user and heavy alcoholic. I said my private goodbye to Janis. Her latest album, which she was recording at the time of her death, was released right after her death and I played it all the time. It was such a beautiful album, “Pearl,” and she finally had a top hit with “Me and Bobby McGee.” No one ever did that song better than her.

For those of us who lived during this wonderful creative time we can never forget Janis who changed the world then quickly left. Her influence is felt even to this day and will continue to be felt for centuries to come. What if she never would have truly lived and expressed what she felt? The world would have missed out on so much. There are no limitations to your life when you truly live. We are supposed to live not just exist. Live today!

“On stage I make love to twenty five thousand people; and then I go home alone.” Janis Joplin

In recognition of her significant accomplishments, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received a posthumous Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards in 2005. Janis Joplin will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame sometime in 2013.

Ranked #3 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll

She was voted the 47th Greatest Artist in Rock ‘n’ Roll by Rolling Stone.

Was friends with Jimi Hendrix.

Was good friends with Grace Slick and Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson wrote her song “Me and Bobby McGee”, which became her only 45 single to reach #1 on the Billboard chart.

Loved to drink Southern Comfort.

Was cremated and her ashes were scattered on the Pacific Ocean.

Thank you for brightening the world sweet Pearl!

My favorite song by Janis Joplin

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