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Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

Profession: Singer
Nationality: American

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When I sing, I feel like when you're first in love. It's more than sex. It's that point two people can get to they call love, when you really touch someone for the first time, but it's gigantic, multiplied by the whole audience. I feel chills.

All of a sudden, someone threw me in front of this rock and roll band. And I decided then and there that was it. I never wanted to do anything else.

You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.

On stage I make love to twenty five thousand people; and then I go home alone.

You know why we're stuck with the myth that only black people have soul? Because white people don't let themselves feel things.

I can't talk about my singing. I'm inside it. How can you describe something you're inside of?

My father wouldn't get us a TV, he wouldn't allow a TV in the house.

I have to have the 'umph.' I've got to feel it, because if it's not getting through to me, the audience sure as hell aren't going to feel it either.

You got to get it while you can.

If I hold back, I'm no good. I'm no good. I'd rather be good sometimes, than holding back all the time.

I always wanted to be an artist, whatever that was, like other chicks want to be stewardesses. I read. I painted. I thought.

Texas is OK if you want to settle down and do your own thing quietly, but it's not for outrageous people, and I was always outrageous.

Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.

On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.