Re: What Bands Broke Up too Soon
posted at 4/27/2011 11:33 AM EDT
In Response to Re: What Bands Broke Up too Soon
[QUOTE]I've been on this board a long time I guess, and have a memory like a trap door, or get a lot out of our discussions ... but in any event, I remembered we had a thread about over-rated acts and I posted on Janis Joplin, whom I think is a bit of over-rated nothingness. I just copied this review from the post I had in that thread. There was nothing there in the first place, and while it was a shame her life ended as it did at her age, we didn't' miss out on anything music-wise. Sorry jkj, as I know you loved her, but it is what it is: "What exactly did Janis Joplin ever do? How exactly did she come to be hailed as the pinnacle of sixties music? It's incomprehensible. Joplin did her best work with Big Brother and the Holding Company and then went solo, covered a good Kris Kristofferson song, sang a poem a capella, drank more whiskey than a high school football team in Alabama and died. That's it. She never did anything more than that. Other than running around half-naked in San Francisco with a bottle of Jack Daniels in her hand and screaming about this that and the other thing, her whole career fits into one sentence. Yet somehow, she's held in similar regard to Jimi Hendrix , CSNY , and other legendary acts of the sixties. It's unreal. Her career was a blip at best. Joplin would be inconsequential if it weren't for her becoming so massively overrated over time. Most cases of overratedness can be explained, but aside from her dying young, this is a complete mystery. Making her the most overrated solo artist of all time." End of review.
Posted by yogafriend[/QUOTE]
I wouldn’t call her the most over rated artist of all time. I suppose she paved the way for women in rock and roll, somewhat. The thing with statement like that though, I always feel that if such and such a person didn’t exist, someone else would have stepped up to the plate.
Joplin was very a very emotional singer and she had a fairly powerful voice. I know some people just look at her and scratch their head wondering what people see in her. There’s no way to know if you missed out on anything music wise. I’m guessing Columbia would have teamed her with some songwriters and maybe, and it’s a big maybe, a classic album could have come out of it.
The problem with people like Joplin is she was constantly playing with death. If she didn’t die in 70 there were going to me many more opts for her. Heroin addicts rarely pull out of it so her days were numbered.
Funny thing is I was going to participate in the favorite female rocker game (I did for one day) and was going to vote for Joplin every day. I had it in mind to vote against Grace Slick everyday because she just annoys me for some reason which I suppose isn’t fair really. I decided to not participate partly because to be honest, I really didn’t recognize a lot of those names.