Woodstock at its Best



Remembered for her powerful, distinctive raspy voice, her stomping foot, her outrageous dress, outspokenness sense of humor, liberated stance and hard-living image, Joplin was a unique female persona in rock challenging known gender stereotypes.

Janis and Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane pioneered a new range of expression for white women in the male-dominated world of rock. Janis' Festival performance was cut from the Woodstock film; perhaps as an editorial statement about the quality of her work that Saturday evening. By the time Joplin reached Woodstock, her drug use had returned. She was described as high on heroin and alcohol and feeling powerful stage fright as did many of the performers facing 450,000 fans. Hear some of her concert. Sadly, she accidentally overdosed in California in 1970 extinguishing her bright future. Her contributions are increasingly appreciated. Thirty years after her death, the documentary, Festival Express was finally released, depicting a 1970 tour across Canada by some of the world's biggest rock bands, including The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and The Band. She is now considered to be one of the best artists of the 1960s and one of the greatest female rockers of all time. Joplin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin #46 on their list of the 50 Greatest Artists of All Time. She received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.