Janis Joplin at 70: What Might Have Been?


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Myrna Sanders, Kozmic Pearl's vocalist, sees a lot of similarities between Joplin and the singer's good friend Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane/Starship. After going on to be a "huge star," Sanders says she thinks Joplin would have pursued one of her other artistic talents like Slick, now a respected painter, has.

"Grace refuses to perform as an old woman and thinks all those rock stars still strutting around onstage are silly," Sanders says. "Janis probably would have done the same thing. Grace had a couple of really wild decades as an alcoholic and still singing for Starship for a while. Since she and Janis were so close, I feel like they would have been partners in crime, both living in Malibu and painting since they were both artists."

But Sanders also believes the prospect of a more domestic lifestyle would have appealed to Joplin.

"Maybe Janis would have gotten married and had a few kids," she says. "I know that's what she really wanted more than anything.

"She was such a lonely soul."


Kozmic Pearl anchors the Janis Joplin 70th Birthday Celebration Saturday at House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room, 1204 Caroline. Doors at 7:30 p.m. See lots more Joplin memorabilia at Wolfgang's Vault's Janis archive.


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House of Blues-- Bronze Peacock Room

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

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Debbie Erickson
Debbie Erickson

She would be touring with her band who still plays together!!

Caleb Fraid
Caleb Fraid

Of all the things to imagine, this is not one of them.

Caleb Fraid
Caleb Fraid

Of all the things to imagine, this is not one of them.

Creg Lovett
Creg Lovett

Here's what I notice: all the surviving legends from that era are now pretty forgotten. Except McCartney.

Creg Lovett
Creg Lovett

Here's what I notice: all the surviving legends from that era are now pretty forgotten. Except McCartney.

Optimo Ram
Optimo Ram

i dont think she'd be doing that.

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