A Captivating Janis Joplin at the 1967 Monterey Festival

If you’ve become numb from hearing computer generated voices, listening to Janis Joplin’ performance of “Ball n’ Chain” with the Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Monterey International Pop Festival will slap you right out of your trance.

With all the generic music acts out there, let’s remember a truly unique artist who could never be emulated. About every female rock singer references Janis Joplin as an influence because of her overwhelming talent, but also because of her stage presence, and the way she manages to enchant the public with her own style.

Janis Joplin’s voice is undescribable, really. That soulful, husky, and insanely powerful voice breaks through everything and goes straight for your heart strings. Have we heard anything like it since? I wonder what kind of music she would have made later on.

But for now, let’s just watch this mind blowing 1967 performance (check out Mama Cass’ reaction at 3:29 and 5:25).


Dance, sing and scream like James Brown!

I’m kidding, please don’t try that. Us ordinary people just can’t manage. But James Brown was one of a kind.

If you like the “godfather of soul”, you’ll find plenty of goodies here today. The first video is a 40-minute performance from the “Soul Train” TV show. Ah, man, why aren’t there music shows like this on TV anymore?? And how cool are those dancing musicians!

After this non-stop dance performance, I wanted to add the smoother It’s a man’s man’s man’s world, and I found a nice little performance in Paris.


The enigmatic Amy Winehouse

When I first heard the song “Rehab”, I was blown away. Then I saw the video, and I was blown away even more. Then I bought the CD. It had been such a long time since I listened to a song on repeat by a new artist (although it was her second album – “back to black” is indeed the one that blew the doors right open).

Then I heard “You know I’m no good” and “Back to black”… And I thought, in addition to having a great soulfull voice, this woman is a very talented songwriter, again, at such a young age. Her personal relationships seemed to have been awefully painfull though, because those songs are heartbreaking.

Her live acoustic performances say it all. She was a true artist, gone too fast.

Below are the “You know I’m no good” and “Back to black” videos, plus a few  acoustic live performances of “Back to black”, “Love is a losing game”, “You know I’m no good”, and “Rehab”.