She was 27, same age as Janis Joplin when she came to a tragic end. I've been on a bit of a Joplin kick lately, saw a bio of her by Ann Angel in the library's new books display. Now reading Pearl, the biography by Ellis Amburn. And have watched the movie Festival Express. For those not familiar with that ,it is a film about a tour by train across Canada in 1970 which featured musicians like Joplin, the Grateful Dead, the Band, Ian and Sylvia, and The Flying Burrito Brothers that stopped and gave concerts in larger cities.
And of course listening to her music.
Joplin lived a life of excess you might say, large amounts of drugs, alcohol, sex. Indeed Kris Kristofferson might have had her in mind when he wrote some lyrics to his song "Billy Dee" -"it may be that some souls are bigger than a body's ought to be".
Joplin grew up in a small, provincial Texas town. Cannot help but think of another great talent who grew up in a small Texas town and whose personal demons too brought him to an early, tragic end.
Edited by Hawkbrother, 25 July 2011 - 08:04 PM.