See Cat Power React to Emotional Janis Joplin Letters

April 21, 2016

The Janis Joplin documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue arrives on PBS May 3rd following its 2015 theatrical run, with the film about the legendary singer presented in an extended American Masters cut for its U.S. broadcast premiere. The PBS version...



2015: The Year Music Documentaries Brought Back the Dead

December 31, 2015

Nothing fits the music documentary format quite so compellingly as a life cut tragically short. In addition to the ready-made dramatic arc, a subject who leaves this mortal coil before their time usually also leaves a certain amount of mystery in their...


'Janis: Little Girl Blue': Inside the New Joplin Doc

November 17, 2015

This fall marks the 45th anniversary of Janis Joplin's death from an overdose in a Hollywood hotel room. Since then, she's been the subject of books, reissues, a boxed set, an off-Broadway show, and a still-in-development biopic, possibly starring Amy...


'Janis' Trailer: Melissa Etheridge, Pink Praise Rock Icon

October 9, 2015

"I started singing when I was about 17," late rock legend Janis Joplin reflects in the trailer for Amy Berg's documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue. "And I could sing. It was a surprise, to say the least." The clip, soundtracked by Joplin's raw belting...


Janis Joplin's Guitarist Talks Heroin in New Doc Clip

September 2, 2015

A new documentary detailing the brilliant rise and sudden death of Janis Joplin, Janis: Little Girl Blue, will make its world premiere on September 5th at the Venice Film Festival. The film boasts a bevy of new audio and video footage, and in this...


Sex, Drugs & Rock Criticism: Richard Goldstein Holds Court

May 29, 2015

The story goes something like this: In 1966, a 21-year-old journalism school graduate named Richard Goldstein walks into the office of Village Voice editor Dan Wolf and makes an impassioned pitch to become "a rock and roll critic." When the young man...


Janis Joplin Biopic Producers Sue Writer, Investment Firm

March 19, 2015

The long-in-the-works Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams, Get It While You Can, has hit yet another developmental snag: The film's producers, LKL Productions and the Switzerland-based Silver Reel, have sued writer-producer Ron Terry, his affiliated...


Elvis' Planes, Janis Joplin's Vest Hit the Auction Block

January 4, 2015

From unreleased Bob Dylan song lyrics to Willie Nelson's braids to John Lennon's "Paperback Writer" guitar, it's been an interesting few months for rock memorabilia on the auction block. That trend looks to continue in 2015 as a few more rare music-related...


Janis Joplin's Psychedelic Porsche Sold for $1.76 Million

December 11, 2015

Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche sold for $1.76 million Thursday night at RM Sotheby's "Driven By Disruption" car auction in New York. The iconic vehicle – a pearl-white 1965 Porsche 365c 1600 Cabriolet decked out with a kaleidoscopic...


Janis Joplin's Siblings Recall Summer of Love Family Trip

November 12, 2015

Janis Joplin's brother and sister, Laura and Michael, recounted a family trip to San Francisco during the Summer of Love to visit their older sibling, then on the precipice of rock and roll stardom, in a new clip from the documentary, Janis: Little...


Janis Joplin's Psychedelic Porsche Headed to Auction

September 16, 2015

Janis Joplin's psychedelic car – a pearl-white 1965 Porsche 365c 1600 Cabriolet painted with a kaleidoscopic Flower Power mural – is heading to auction this December as part of RM Sotheby's "Driven By Disruption" sale. The vehicle...


25 Must-See Movies at Toronto Film Festival 2015

August 25, 2015

It's the second-to-last stop on the Fall film-festival circuit, after Venice and Telluride and before the carefully curated New York cinefeast — but the Toronto International Film Festival holds a special place in traveling festgoers hearts. It's...


Janis Joplin, Arcade Fire Docs Lead Toronto Film Fest

August 11, 2015

High-profile music documentaries on Janis Joplin, Arcade Fire, Aretha Franklin and Sharon Jones will be included as part of this year's Toronto International Film Festival, which commences September 10th.  Janis: Little Girl Blue, directed by...


Anne Hathaway Swings 'Wrecking Ball' on 'Lip Sync Battle'

April 10, 2015

Anne Hathaway came in like a "Wrecking Ball" for Thursday's Lip Sync Battle versus Emily Blunt. Borrowing Miley Cyrus' distinct video look of a tank-top and tighty whiteys, Hathaway mimes the lyrics with desperation, even slipping in an up-close...


Big Brother and the Holding Company's Sam Andrew Dead at 73

February 14, 2015

Sam Andrew, the guitarist and founding member of Big Brother and the Holding Company who also helped launch the career of Janis Joplin, passed away February 12th, ten weeks after he suffered a heart attack which was followed by complications...



Amy Adams' Long-Delayed Janis Joplin Biopic Moves Forward

November 21, 2014

The long-in-the-works Janis Joplin biopic, Get It While You Can, will begin shooting in the second half of 2015 in Los Angeles and San Francisco with Amy Adams starring as the singer. Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée is in...


40 Greatest Rock Documentaries

August 15, 2014

The movies started flirting with what would be called "rock & roll" from the very beginning, slapping Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" onto a scene in the juvenile-delinquent drama The Blackboard Jungle (1955) and co-opting Elvis...


Janis Joplin Stamp Artwork Unveiled

June 30, 2014

Earlier this year, Rolling Stone reported on a series of musical stamps coming out this year that took years of planning to come to fruition. Now that the Jimi Hendrix stamp has been officially released as the first offering of the United States...