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Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Night with Janis Joplin

Yes indeed, it is the 50th anniversary of the summer of love, and guess what?  San Francisco is celebrating.  We were there for other reasons, but we decided to partake in some of the merriment.  After all, I spent about 25 years following the Grateful Dead around, literally criss crossing the country to do so.  It was not Haight Ashbury in 1968, but it was pretty great. So spending a couple of hours listening to the music of Janis Joplin and the blues singers who influenced her was very fun.  The lead singer could belt it out, the band was very competent, and while they didn't completely sugar coat her downward spiral, they did not focus on it like the movie The Rose did.  It was mostly about bringing the blues to rock and roll and keeping them there, even after Janis was gone.

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