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The life and music of Janis Joplin.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janis Joplin ... Herself (archive footage)
Peter Albin Peter Albin ... Himself
Sam Andrew ... Himself (Big Brother and the Holding Company; Kozmic Blues Band)
Dave Getz Dave Getz ... Himself
James Gurley James Gurley ... Himself
Brad Campbell Brad Campbell ... Himself
Roy Markowitz Roy Markowitz ... Himself
Terry Clements Terry Clements ... Himself
Snooky Flowers Snooky Flowers ... Himself
Luis Gasca Luis Gasca ... Himself
Richard Kermode Richard Kermode ... Himself
Richard Bell Richard Bell ... Himself
Ken Pearson Ken Pearson ... Himself
Clark Pierson Clark Pierson ... Himself
John Till John Till ... Himself


Biographical film about Janis Joplin, from her Texas origins to Woodstock, and super-stardom, featuring performances by Big Brother and The Holding Company. Written by Keath <keath@webtv.net>

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The Way She Was


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Release Date:

18 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Janis, the Way She Was - A Film See more »

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Crawley Films See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.78 : 1
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Features The Dick Cavett Show (1968) See more »

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Great Rock Retrospective
26 April 2013 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

This film is an excellent collage of musical performances and interviews with Janis Joplin. It gives a true sense of her power as a performer, featuring clips of her most famous performances. The Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, and various television performances are all here. For fans who want to revisit the past or people just being introduced to Janis, this is the perfect place to start your musical journey.

At the same time, Janis features lots of excellent interviews and behind the scenes footage, ranging from appearances on the Dick Cavett Show to film of her recording songs with her band. By including these clips, the film gives us a better sense of who Joplin actually was.

The film leaves out any discussion of how Joplin died, which is for the better. Rather than focusing on morbid gossip, the film celebrates her life, which in the end is why she is really remembered.

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