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A Night with Janis Joplin poster

Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. No one knew that this child born Jan. 19, 1943, in Port Arthur would become the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

That voice — high, husky, earthy, explosive — remains among the most distinctive and galvanizing in pop history. But Joplin didn’t merely possess a great instrument; she threw herself into every syllable, testifying from the very core of her spirit. She claimed the blues, soul, gospel and rock with unquestionable authority and verve, fearlessly inhabiting psychedelic guitar jams, back-porch roots and everything in between...

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