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Janis Joplin's Star Still Shines

Published: 10/26/2013
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Janis Joplin's Star Still Shines

While she lived, Janis Joplin was a study in contrasts. A misfit teenager who had few friends, she matured to become one of the most exciting performers of the 1960s, belting out bluesy rock in an unmistakable voice. Her offstage self-consciousness disappeared when she stood in front of her fans, losing herself in the music she created.

Just a few weeks ago, Janis Joplin's fans marked the 43rd anniversary of her death. Though it has been more than four decades since the singer died much too young at 27, Joplin remains in the public imagination and continues to be embraced by new generations of fans.

This week, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that they will dedicate a new star on their Walk of Fame to Joplin, remembering the star power she packed. A new Broadway show, A Night with Janis Joplin, puts fans right back on stage with her circa 1969, with star Mary Bridget Davies recreating Joplin's big, brash vocals. And perhaps the vulnerable side of Joplin will be on display in a recently announced biopic by The Butler director Lee Daniels, starring Amy Adams as the troubled young star.

These stories have been in the news in recent weeks, as have remembrances of Joplin on the anniversary of her death. We're reading up on the latest, as well as remembering a piece we posted on Joplin just a few years ago, which lamented her virtual disappearance from pop culture. It seems times have changed – for the better.

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