Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Janis Joplin Finally Getting a Hollywood Star 42 Years After Her Death


The great and legendary Janis Joplin was just 27 when she died in 1971. That was FORTY TWO years ago. I guess in that time no one thought to give her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now, at long last, she’s getting one. Janis will be honored on November 4th. Her siblings, Laura and Michael Joplin, will accept the award. Kris Kristofferson will be there, and he’ll play “Me and Bobby McGee”– the song he wrote with which Janis hit number 1. Clive Davis, who signed Janis to Columbia, and memorably rocked out to her live performance in DA Pennebaker’s “Monterey Pop,” will also be on hand.

Janis Joplin did not have a clothing line or an endorsement deal, by the way. She didn’t pose naked on a wrecking ball, dress like a meat sandwich, or desecrate historical landmarks like the Anne Frank house.

Do you think any of the women on the charts now can do this? Nope.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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