26 Best Janis Joplin Quotes

26 Best Janis Joplin Quotes

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Janis Joplin was a singer from Port Arthur, Texas. She began her climb to fame in the 1960′s as the lead singer for the band Big Brother and the Holding Company, which was a psychedelic, acid rock band. After her run with the band she decided to go solo and had her first big time performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. After this she gained a large amount of notice and became one of the main attractions at the infamous Woodstock festival. Some of her most famous singles include Cry Baby, Kozmic Blues, and the iconic number one hit, Me and Bobby McGee. She died on October 4, 1970 at the young age of 27.

“After they see me, when their mothers are feeding them all that cashmere sweater and girdle – maybe they’ll have
a second though – that they can be themselves and win.”

“Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still
go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That’s what music is to me.”

“Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.”

“Fourteen heart attacks and he had to die in my week. In MY week.”

“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”

“I got treated very badly in Texas. They don’t treat beatniks too good in Texas. Port Arthur people thought I was
a beatnik, though they’d never seen one and neither had I.”

“I just want to feel as much as I can, it’s what ‘soul’ is all about. ”

“I won’t quit to become someone’s old lady.”

“If I hold back, I’m no good. I’m no good. I’d rather be good sometimes, than holding back all the time.”

“If you’re getting more shit than you deserve, you know what to do about i, man. Y’know, it’s just you need more
music. ”

“I’m tired of all these hippie jack-offs.”

“Music’s for grooving man, and music’s not for puttin’ yourself through bad changes, y’know? I mean, you don’t
have to go take anybody’s shit, man, just to like music, y’know what I mean? You don’t. So… so if you’re
getting’ more shit than you deserve, you know what to do about it man. Y’know, it’s just music. Music’s…
music’s s’posed to be different than that.”

“My business is to enjoy and have fun. And why not, if in the end everything will end, right?”

“My father wouldn’t get us a TV, he wouldn’t allow a TV in the house.”

“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.”

“On stage I make love to twenty five thousand people; and then I go home alone.”

“Rock on out.”

“Singing, it’s like loving somebody. It’s a supreme emotional and physical experience.”

“Tomorrow never happens. It’s all the same fucking day, man.”

“We don’t forgive people because they deserve it. We forgive them because they need it — because we need it. We
all need it.”

“Why should I hold back now and sound mediocre just so I can sound mediocre twenty years from now?”

“You are what you settle for.”

“You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.”

“You got to get it while you can.”

“You know you’ve got it, if it makes you feel good.”