As we close in on October 4th, 40 years since Janis Joplin left the world behind, the web is overflowing with friends and fans paying tribute to her. One who knew her best was John Till, guitarist and former member of the Full Tilt Boogie Band, the same band backing Janis during those final days.
Speaking recently with TheRecord.com‘s Joel Rubinoff, John had this to share:
“We lived in the Landmark Motor Hotel together (as a band). We’d go out to movies and restaurants and hang out in bars and there was a lot of sitting around the pool and talking about things like Vietnam and the Kent State massacre.
“I can’t describe how happy and what a good friend she was. It wasn’t an employer-employee relationship, because that’s the way Janis wanted it.”
“Forty years hasn’t done anything to ease the sadness,’’ he says softly. “I watch her on YouTube and I just shake my head. She was just so great.’’
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Hollywood has been teasing a biopic for years, and starlet, Amy Adams recently confirmed to Variety she’s the one.
“I’m feeling excited, scared – all of the things,” Adams said, adding that she was a huge fan of Joplin, who died in 1970 at the age of 27.”
After much speculation as to whether a film will ever happen, (Renee Zellweger was tentatively cast in the early 90’s, followed shortly by artist Pink and Zooey Deschanel), if the current rumors are true, not only will Adams star as the blues mama, but the director will be Fernando Meirelles, the Oscar-nominated Brazilian director of the gang-violence flick “City of God.” Crazy, yes, but that certainly leaves a lot to be expected.
While we won’t exactly hold our breath, we will be as excited as the next fan to see Janis re-introduced to an entire genre of fans who know here name, but little else.
Until then, we’ve got a few goodies to share with you while we all enjoy the end to summer and the new season falls upon us…
1st, we have Janis performing “Cry Baby” in 1970 before an entranced Toronto crowd
2nd, we have her in full swing pouring out “Summertime” during the Cheap Thrills Recording Sessions
Lastly, we’ll check a more intimate version of “Me & Bobby McGee” from the first take she ever made of it. Its a beauty…
Get out there and enjoy it friends and be sure to toast a high one for our gal. Cheers Pearl!