Tag: Janis Joplin

The ten best albums from 1971

1971 was a special year in the world of popular/rock music. Some of the greatest acts of the classic rock era released their best and most influential work. For the last year, this column has run a series highlighting almost thirty albums from that year. The goal was to see how they held up after... Read more »

Are you going to Ravinia this summer?

Our leaders are saying the country is going to be opened up soon….sorta. They’re saying the life we were used to before the pandemic is starting up again….sorta. We’re going to be able to do the activities we enjoyed before the world shut down in March 2020….sorta. By June, everything will be cool…sorta. Summer will... Read more »

Does Janis Joplin's album "Pearl" still hold up at fifty years old?

Does Janis Joplin's album "Pearl" still hold up at fifty years old?
When the topic of what was your first concert comes up, I usually answer it was at Ravinia on August 5, 1970. That’s because it sounds cooler to say your first live show was seeing Janis Joplin rather than Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in the Turnstyle department-store parking lot. I don’t remember much... Read more »
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Classic albums from 1971 are now fifty years old. Are you still listening to them?

Pearl was Janis Joplin's final album. It was released months after her death.
1971 was a great year in the genre of classic rock. We still had artists from the British Invasion era making music, while at the same time we witnessed the start of the singer-songwriter era. There was a lot of something for everyone. The albums from that year will reach the fifty-year mark in 2021.... Read more »

Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and coming of age in 1970

Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and coming of age in 1970
It’s May 8, 1970. The shootings at Kent State happened just four days earlier. On this night, Jimi Hendrix is playing a concert at the University of Oklahoma. It’s a little too soon for me. I’m heading off to college there in August. Damn! It’s June 11, 1970. It’s my 18th birthday. I’ve just graduated... Read more »
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