Janis Joplin was a pioneer in the male-dominated rock music scene of the late 1960s. Styling herself after Beat poets and black blues heroines, the rebellious Texan became "the most staggering leading woman in rock... she slinks like tar, scowls like war...," in the words of Richard Goldstein, Vogue magazine. Always daring to be different, she showed her true colors with vibrant costumes, feathers in her hair, and tattoos on her wrist and breast.
"Janis Joplin's talent was that you believed she was singing her guts out every night. In that sense she was like [Edith] Piaf. You were watching a candle burn, with no wax to replace what had already been burned up. Janis was a feel, an emotion, a spur. …she aroused desire but was not the object of that desire. And I think she was never able to deal with that reality." Bill Graham, Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out
Photographer, Joe Sia, captured moments by focusing on the faces of the performers, the crowd, and by giving the background, whether simple or wild, the importance it deserved in defining the artist and event. Sia's entire archive consists more than a quarter of a million photographs that document almost 35 years of music genre and giants.
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Joe Sia was a shooting star, a genuine, hands-down, everyone-agrees-on-this star at shooting [photographs], and his departure from this planet in 2003 at the tender age of 57 was too soon for a man of his talent. Born in the Bronx and a committed Yankees man, Joe loved music and gravitated around the Fillmore East and the flower-power youth-culture rock scene from whence he set out to capture some of the most incredible sounds of the last half-century. How could Joe capture sounds on camera film? He did it by focusing on the faces of the performers and the woozing-oozing crowd and by giving the background, whether simple or wild, the importance it deserved in defining the artist and event. Sia's entire archive consists more than a quarter of a million photographs that document almost 35 years of music genre and giants.