Re: What Bands Broke Up too Soon
posted at 4/29/2011 1:37 PM EDT
In Response to Re: What Bands Broke Up too Soon
[QUOTE]Another can of worms opened by yoga. In my yoga session last night, I knew I was spending too much time in the music form, as my mind was not as blank as it normally is (although I was able to do two head stands last night, the second one was very shaky!) and I was thinking about a thread I was going to write for today (I'll do that in a sec) -- I kind of felt that can or worms bursting open about Janis. Matty, why should women in RnR, blues, folk, country, rap or any other genre be cut any slack just b/c there has been a glass ceiling in the music industry? I don't subscribe to that, especially where Janis Joplin is concerned. That review, yes, I loved it, every scathing word, which is why I copied and pasted it into my comment box in the first place. It concisely and precisely said the truth: she had a mere 15 minutes of fame that was inflated over time, after her career enhancing drug and alcohol induced death. Opinions and perceptions, that's all we're working off. Her version of "Summertime" makes me ill, quite frankly. I am not one to hate on anyone (other than rapists, child molesters, well, you get the point) so I can't say I hate Joplin. But one of jessey's fun-filled "hater" (I "hate" her so much it isn't even funny!) diatribes would fit the bill right about now. :D
Posted by yogafriend[/QUOTE]
No slack, except where the music and its artistic merits are concerned. But, for that same reason, I don't think we can't hold such perceptions against them, either.
That said, there is still artistic value to being among the first to break new ground - barriers that nevertheless existed for female rock musicians. Before Janis, there really weren't any strong female voices in rock music. Grace Slick?...perhaps, but she was augmented by an already accomplished band and was a replacement for Signe Anderson. Michelle Phillips and Mama Cass? Yes, but still in a folk-rock tradition (Joan Baez).
Combine this with the fact that hardly ANY white women sang the blues with such authenticity and raw power, and Janis is still acknowledged as one of the best, if not the
best, female rock singers of the 60s, hands down. That's hardly faint praise.
Otherwise, I'll happily consent to agree to disagree.