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Not Fade Away: Rockers Lost Before Their Time

Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, John Lennon and more
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Janis Joplin

October 4th 1970. Los Angeles, California. Heroin overdose.

Bill Graham: "I don't think Janis tried to be black. I think Janis sang as a young person coming out of Texas and having kicked around San Francisco, and her voice was her voice and that was her interpretation of the songs. She sang blues. And in here own way... you know, when someone is a stylist or the originator of a style and... a particular style of blues, I don't think you can compare here. And I keep coming back to Hendrix. Hendrix was an innovator on the guitar, Janis was an innovator in a certain style... very few tried to play like Hendrix--you couldn't. Well, Janis was that. The mark of great talent, creative talent and original talent is also in its difficulty to copy that talent. And I think that's what Janis has."

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