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Beginning to See the LightSex, Hope, and Rock-and-Roll$
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Ellen Willis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680788

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.001.0001

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Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

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(p.61) Janis Joplin
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Beginning to See the Light
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Ellen Willis

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.003.0007

This chapter presents the author’s reflections about Janis Joplin. Joplin belonged to that select group of pop figures who mattered as much for themselves as for their music; among American rock performers she was second only to Bob Dylan in importance as a creator-recorder-embodiment of her generation’s history and mythology. She was also the only woman to achieve that kind of stature in what was basically a male club, the only sixties culture hero to make visible and public women’s experience of the quest for individual liberation, which was very different from men’s.

Keywords:   Janis Joplin, musicians, hippies, rock stars, counterculture, women singners

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