Yesterday was the forty-second anniversary of the death of Janis Joplin.
Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead were the rock royalty of the Haight Ashbury in 1967.
They were the main pillars of the San Francisco sound that year. Between Bill Graham’s Carousel Ball Room and the Family dog’s Avalon Ballroom I was fortunate enough to see all three groups, more than once.
Janis lived fast and hard. She died trying to keep her demons at bay.