JANIS JOPLIN IN THE 1960s

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Well, you've finally done it, Amy.

You've given me close to an actual heart attack. 

The hyperlitic alarm on the time machine lit up so brightly that it was like a meteor blasting through the roof of the chamber.

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Now that's its cooled off and in a better state to communicate with you (much like me), please let me know exactly what you need from the 21st century - for you in 1960-something.

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You want to know the exact date when Janis Joplin died?

And you're in a hurry for this information?



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Whoa, that's a pretty crass question even coming from you, Amy.

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I think you owe me a bit of the back story.

Something must have happened to put this question into your brain.

Okay. Let me get this straight.

You went to a wedding ...
... and the disc jockey played "Me and Bobby McGee" sang by Janis Joplin?

And the guests at the wedding started talking about her because, like, she's still ALIVE?

                         And that shocked you?

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Aww. Amy.

You can't save her even if you want to, and I'm pretty sure you want to. Just like we all wish we could.

But you're not superwoman.

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And you've got to believe me when I tell you that you shouldn't change history ... no matter what you know the future will bring.

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Janis Joplin was born Janis Lyn Joplin, January 19th, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas.

It's when she appears at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 with her rock band, Big Brother and the Holding  Company, that her fame will rise.

Her first nationwide television appearance is scheduled for July 31st, 1968.


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In 1969, Janis Joplin will perform at Woodstock, appearing at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday August the 17th, securing her place as an icon of the 1960s.



During her career, she'll take part in television productions like the This is Tom Jones show.

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And The Dick Cavett Show where her band will perform "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" and "To Love Somebody".


In 1970, Janis will travel to Brazil and will try to stop her drug and alcohol use while there.
But, as time will tell, her official cause of death will be a heroin overdose, and possibly alcohol, while in Hollywood, California. Her death will be ruled as accidental.



So, to answer your question, Amy, this will occur in October of the year 1970.

But she will leave a legacy and sound of rock music the likes of which will never be heard again ... ever.


Lonely Hearts Club Band

It's honestly wonderful to see you so happy, Amy. 

Looks like you're grooving pretty hard there.


Guess what? The time machine has you pegged in 1967 right now. Pretty amazing, right?

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You're listening to music and looking at uniforms?

Wait a minute ...
1967 is Canada's 100th birthday! There must be lots of celebrations going on.

Are you watching a parade with mounties? 


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Is there a marching band?

No, huh?

So, you're currently in 1967 and you're listening to music while looking at uniforms.

Okay, I'll bite. What's with the music and uniforms?

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Uh, yeah.
Still not seeing  any uniforms.

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Okay, yes, these are technically uniforms.

And you're listening to the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band record, right?

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                                 So glad we cleared that up.

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Released in 1967, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band will spend 27 weeks at number one on the British music charts. It is the Beatle's eighth LP record.


By the end of April, 1967, $75,000 and four months will have been spent on the making of the album.
By September, it will have sold over two and a half million records in the U.S. alone.


In 1968 it will win four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year - and will be the first album to receive this award. 

The iconic cover includes 57 photographs and six works of wax.

Woodstock

Hey, Amy. It's been a week and I'm wondering how the travelling in the van is going. Made it to Woodstock yet? Amy?

Oh, there you are.

Not surprised.

Yeah, I get it.

Love and peace.

Well, in the meantime, let me give you a bit of information about what you're going to find in Woodstock when you and your fellow hippies arrive.

Advertised as three days of peace and music, the Woodstock Festival, or simply, Woodstock, takes place on the weekend of August 15 to 17th, 1969.

No one knows just how important and meaningful these days will be. The name Woodstock is about to become legendary. And just think, you're going to be there, right in the midst of it all.

Isn't time travel an amazing thing?




Though the organizers originally planned to hold the event in the village of Woodstock, New York, the festival will take place in Bethel, New York, on one of the hayfields owned by the dairy farmer Max Yasgur.


Bethel is 43 miles (70 km) southwest of Woodstock.


The three day event is initially created as a profit-making venture. But when the audience starts to arrive, no fencing or ticket booths will be enough to hold back the crowd of more than 400,000. 


The first act to appear will be Richie Havens, on Friday August 15th at 5:00 p.m. when the slated opening acts have trouble getting to the festival due to the overwhelming traffic.

His will sing his famous song "Freedom" for the first time on Woodstock's stage.


The weekend will consist of one performance after another. Thirty-one bands will take part.

Janis Joplin with the Kozmic Blues Band will appear on Sunday August 17th at 2:00 a.m.

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The Who will appear the same day, starting at 5:00 a.m. 

People will begin to arrive at the festival on Wednesday. 

By Friday, police will turn away thousands of cars due to lack of space.

Through rain, cramped living conditions and lack of facilities for almost half a million young people, there will be no violence.


The movie "Woodstock" will win the Best Documentary Oscar in 1970. It will be 185 minutes long and cost a  mere $100,000 to make.

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You, Amy, are about to take part in the most remarkable gathering of harmony,  music, love and peace in the history of the world.

Love Songs in the 1950s

Kind of a surprise to hear from you, Amy. Yes, I actually am quite busy at the moment. 

Just doing what I normally do...

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I'm pretty sure you're contacting me because you want to know how the repairs on the time machine are going.
But before you start screaming, let me tell you that I did manage to reverse it all the way back to ...uh, 2016. 
Still a long way from reaching you in 1950-something, I know. But hey, it's an improvement, right?

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Oh, you're not getting in touch with me to complain?

Tony, your greaser boyfriend, bought you flowers?


He's been, like, totally romantic lately?

He sings love songs into your ear?


So, you're not in such a hurry for me to get you back to the 21st century, I assume.

Oh, yeah, no, I'm definitely going to keep working on the time machine.

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In the 1950s, rock and roll is becoming more and more popular in all of North America.

Musicians like Chuck Berry are evolving rhythm and blues songs into rock and roll music with records like Maybellene (1956), Roll Over Beethoven (1956), and Johnny B. Goode (1958).

But dreamy love songs are also incredibly popular at this time. 
In May of 1950, Nat King Cole released his single, Mona Lisa

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Elvis released Love Me Tender in 1956. 

Johnny Mathis released Chances Are in 1957.


The Drifters released Fools Fall In Love in 1958.


Paul Anka released Put Your Head On My Shoulder in 1959.

In the early 1950s, crooners released their own style of love songs you must be hearing on the radio:

That's Amore,  Dean Martin (1953)
I've Got You Under My Skin, Frank Sinatra (1953)
I Need You Now,Eddie Fisher (1954)
If I Give My Heart to You, Doris Day (1954)


There are the romantic melodies and Doo-Wop too:
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Four Aces (1955)

Only YouPlatters (1955)
I Almost Lost My Mind, Pat Boone (1956)
I'm In Love Again, Fats Domino (1956)
The Great Pretender, Platters (1956)
That'll Be The Day, Buddy Holly (1957)
All I Have To Do Is Dream, Everly Brothers (1958)
Who's Sorry Now, Connie Francis (1958)
16 Candles, The Crests (1959)
A Teenager in Love, The Belmonts (1959)


As you can see, Amy, the decade of the fifties is in many ways a romantic one.

Just remember to keep your head on straight - even when your greaser boyfriend sings into your ear.