Her Albert Hall interview, and a few of her quotes...
Albert Hall Interview
By : JANIS JOPLIN
This whole thing that's happened to me, you see, this whole success thing, er, it hasn't yet really compromised the
position that I took a long time ago in Texas, that was to be true to myself, to be the person that I f ... that was on,
inside of me, and not play games. You see, actually what I'm trying to do mostly, if I, in the whole world, is to not
bullshit myself, and not bullshit anybody else. To be righteous to myself, I mean to be real, you know what I mean ?
And so far, you know I'm, I'm just tryin' to ... I'm doin' that, I am, you know. I'm not wearin' cardboard eyelashes, and,
and, you know, and girdles, and playin' in Las Vegas. By still bein' Janis, I just happens to be on a slightly different level
or somethin' now. And ... you know I suppose it's because I've never been premeditated enough in show-business that
I was worried about putting on a, a face, you know what I mean ? So I can sit here and tell you the truth. You know ?
Otherwise it's slightly inhibiting, really, it doesn't, it doesn't force a game on me, because I refuse to let it force a game
on me. So I can sit here and be just as honest as I would be in a bar, although I'd be a lot happier in a bar!
[Some of her quotes]:
"Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable!"
"Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers?"
"I'm one of those regular weird people."
"My father wouldn't get us a TV, he wouldn't allow a TV in the house."
"On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone."
"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."
"I got treated very badly in Texas. They don't treat beatniks too good in Texas. Port Arthur people thought I was a beatnik, though they'd never seen one and neither had I."