A post about Janis Joplin, the nigger lover
Me and Bobby McGee
The phrase that titles this post belongs to a song, ‘Me and Bobby McGee’, recorded by Janis Joplin only a few days before her death at age 27, in October 1970. However, I read it some days ago, in an article about the scam that we are suffering in European Union. This is the article (Spanish): Syriza y la filosofía Janis Joplin.
The author (Andy Robinson) mentions in his article the “Janis Joplin philosophy” showed in that phrase: people is free when they have nothing left to lose. What can happen when a lot of people is free in that sense? The author talks about elections in Greece, tomorrow, and how they might hasten the end of the Euro. That would be a good new.
But this post ISN’T about the scam, as I said it’s about a wonderful singer and woman, Janis Joplin. I was just 7 years old when she died, but I discovered Janis later, since then I enjoy listening her songs again and again.
‘Me and Bobby McGee’ topped U.S. singles chart in 1971, after Janis’ death. It’s one of my three favorites Janis’s songs. Turn the volume up and enjoy it.
(1969, written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster)
The attentive reader should have noticed that I said that song is one of my three favorites. Here is the second one, ‘Cry Baby’, live version in Toronto, 1970 (just some months before her death). I recommend watching this video on full screen, to appreciate better the energy she communicates singing. And turn the volume up a bit more.
(1970, written by Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Berns)
It has been written a lot of articles and books about Janis Joplin, there are documentaries, and even a movie inspired in her life, ‘The Rose‘ (1979). Therefore, those who do not know her, can find a lot of material about her searching in internet, if interested. I guess she is known in U.S., but young people from other countries might not know Janis. I’ve noticed it in Spain.
I’ll just mention that she was a very impopular person in the school in Port Arthur, Texas, where she lived her childhood. One of the derogatory nicknames she acquired was “nigger lover”. She was rejected by her classmates due her acceptance of people from other races, and she didn’t hide it.
That “insult” gives an idea of how she was, and also how U.S. society was. This is one of the reasons therefor I love and admire her.
And finally the third song, ‘Maybe’. A perfect song to let us enjoy her outstanding voice.
(1957, written by Richard Barrett for The Chantels; recorded by Janis in 1969)