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Janis Joplin’s life was one of tragic brilliance. A self-destructive artist with a powerful voice, she blazed a trail through the male-dominated world of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1960s, only to succumb to addiction and an early death at age 27. But her influence continues to be felt today, as she remains one of the most iconic figures in popular music. In this post, we’ll take a look at Janis Joplin’s life and career, and explore how she became one of the most groundbreaking artists of her generation.

Discover the deepest Love, Feelings, Hold quotes from Janis Joplin, and much more.


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About Janis Joplin

birth of the author

January 19, 1943

death of the author

October 4, 1970

deathcause of the author

Cause Of Death:
Drug Overdose

education of the author

The University Of Texas At Austin, Lamar University

occupation of the author

Guitarist, Singer-Songwriter

award of the author

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Hall Of Fame

genre of the author

Psychedelic Rock, Soul, Blues, Blues Rock

instrument of the author

Vocals, Guitar

date of the author

Years Active:

institution of the author

Columbia Records

productions of the author

Associated Acts:
Big Brother And The Holding Company, Kozmic Blues Band, Full Tilt Boogie Band, Grateful Dead, Kris Kristofferson And More.


I have to have the ‘umph.’ I’ve got to feel it, because if it’s not getting through to me, the audience sure as hell aren’t going to feel it either. โ€” Janis Joplin

You can feel all things at once, so why not wear all things at once? โ€” Janis Joplin

I’m not really thinking much… Just sort of, trying to feel. โ€” Janis Joplin

I’m just doing what I wanted to and what feels right and not settling for bullshit and it worked. How can they be mad at that? โ€” Janis Joplin

you can feel all things at once so why not wear all things at once Janis Joplin quote

You know you’ve got it if it makes you feel good. โ€” Janis Joplin

I just want to feel as much as I can, it’s what soul is all about. โ€” Janis Joplin

You know why we’re stuck with the myth that only black people have soul? Because white people don’t let themselves feel things. โ€” Janis Joplin

Don’t go looking for Mr. Right. Look for Mr. Right Now. โ€” Janis Joplin

The more you live, the less you die. โ€” Janis Joplin

i m not really thinking much just sort of trying to feel Janis Joplin quote

At my concerts most of the chicks are looking for liberation, they think I’m gonna show ’em how to do it. โ€” Janis Joplin

People, whether they know it or not, like their blues singers miserable. They like their blues singers to die afterwards. โ€” Janis Joplin


I love being a star more than life itself. โ€” Janis Joplin

On stage, i make love to 25,000 people, then i go home alOne. โ€” Janis Joplin

If someone comes along, gonna give you some love and affection, I say get it while you can. โ€” Janis Joplin

i love being a star more than life itself Janis Joplin quote

All any girl really wants is just love and a man. But what man can put up with a rockโ€“nโ€“roll star? โ€” Janis Joplin

But she was in love, and love isn’t about making sense. โ€” Laura Joplin

I’ve been looking around, and I noticed something: how much you really need to be loved. Ambition isn’t just a desperate quest for positions or money. It’s just loveโ€“lots of love. โ€” Janis Joplin

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

At least we know we tend to be afraid. If you object to my plural noun, I’ll retract it. โ€” Janis Joplin

on stage i make love to 25 000 people then i go home alone Janis Joplin quote

Maybe my audiences can enjoy my music more if they think I’m destroying myself. โ€” Janis Joplin

Singing, it’s like loving somebody, it’s a supreme emotional and physical experience. โ€” Janis Joplin

Tomorrow never happens. It’s all the same fucking day, man. โ€” Janis Joplin


When you hold somebody, you gotta hold them like it’s the last minute of your life. โ€” Janis Joplin

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

when you hold somebody you gotta hold them like it s the last minute of your life Janis Joplin quote

Why should I hold back now and sound mediocre, just so I can sound mediocre twenty years from now. โ€” Janis Joplin

I think I think too much. That’s why I drink! โ€” Janis Joplin

Redundant Thematics

In Janis Joplin Statements


My father wouldn’t get us a TV, he wouldn’t allow a TV in the house. โ€” Janis Joplin

Hippies believe the world could be a better place. Beatniks believe things aren’t going to get better and say the hell with it, stay stoned and have a good time. โ€” Janis Joplin

Inspiring Phrases From Janis Joplin

Who you are is what you settle for, you know? โ€” Janis Joplin

who you are is what you settle for you know Janis Joplin quote

I want a bigger band with higher highs, a bigger ladder. And I want more bottomโ€“I want an incredible amount of bottom. I want more noise. When I do a rock tune I want it to be so HUGE. โ€” Janis Joplin

I can’t talk about my singing. I’m inside it. How can you describe something you’re inside of? โ€” Janis Joplin

I’d rather not sing than sing quiet. โ€” Janis Joplin

You are what you settle for. You are only as much as you settle for. โ€” Janis Joplin

Like most girls I’m always really selfโ€“conscious about do I look fat, if my legs are short, if I’m weird shaped, but when I go on stage, man, it never occurs to me. I think I look beautiful. โ€” Janis Joplin

i d rather not sing than sing quiet Janis Joplin quote

Distance cannot kill this relationship. Time cannot breakdown anything we have. This is a relationship that I am ready to sacrifice and stand up for. โ€” Janis Joplin

Various Statements From Janis Joplin

I would trade all my tomorrow’s for one single yesterday. โ€” Janis Joplin

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.’~ โ€” Janis Joplin

Texas is OK if you want to settle down and do your own thing quietly, but it’s not for outrageous people, and I was always outrageous. โ€” Janis Joplin

You got to get it while you can. โ€” Janis Joplin

i would trade all my tomorrow s for one single yesterday Janis Joplin quote

Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer. โ€” Janis Joplin

As it gets closer and more probable, being a star is really losing its meaning. โ€” Janis Joplin

Wait a minute, maybe I can do anything. โ€” Janis Joplin

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