Tonight on the new Biography Channel series Final 24, Janis Joplin‘s last day is … well, celebrated? Dissected? I’m not sure what the tone will be. I don’t think I like the idea of a “last day in the life” series in the first place. I’d rather let Janis rest in peace.
But I did enjoy the TVGuide.com interview with Sam Andrew, the guitarist in Janis’ band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Actually, enjoy might not be the right word there either. I was shocked to learn that Janis was more than willing to sell her soul to be a star:
This is like watching Debbie Harry disgrace herself on the Today show. I want my lady rockers to be anti-establishment badasses. Must we share Janis’ darkest secrets in posthumous profiles? I kind of doubt she’d want us to know some of this stuff. Or maybe she wouldn’t care, if it meant more fame:
Who knows what Janis would have become if she hadn’t been so fatally sidetracked by the smack. Andrew suggests she might have done a jazz album or Broadway. She certainly had the chops for either:
Here’s another clip, from The Ed Sullivan Show in 1969:
OK, maybe I’ll watch Final 24 after all, if it means seeing more of Janis singing the blues.