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#50GreatestConcerts: Janis Joplin, 1968

The blues legend’s tour with Big Brother and the Holding Company was a triumph wrought from chaos

David Browne Jun 22, 2017
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Janis Joplin in 1968. Photo: CSU Archives/Everett Collection

Janis Joplin in 1968. Photo: CSU Archives/Everett Collection

Like so much of Janis Joplin’s career, the tour to support Cheap Thrills, her 1968 album with Big Brother and the Holding Company, was a triumph wrought from chaos. On the eve of the tour, the singer announced she was leaving the band, leading to screaming fights with some of the musicians. Yet that very tension–combined with grueling album sessions that tightened what, as drummer Dave Getz admits, “wasn’t a tight band”–made for a riveting farewell. The combination of her wild-child rasp and Big Brother’s wailing blues rock proved transformative. “By the end of ’68,” says Getz, “I don’t think there was a singer in rock & roll who could touch her.”

 

 

 

Click here to check out the entire story in the digital edition of Rolling Stone India. 

Watch Janis Joplin perform with Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1968 in San Francisco: 

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