Belting rock-punk singer Beth Ditto pays tribute to her heroine Janis Joplin, who would have been 65 today. Inspired by Odetta, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie and especially Bessie Smith, the cultured, ambitious and troubled raspy-voiced Texan ruled as the "wild woman of rock" from 1967 until her death in 1970. She is best known for her 1960s work with Big Brother and the Holding Company (Ball and Chain and her signature hit Piece of My Heart) and as a solo artist (the 1971 LP
Pearl with Me and Bobby McGee). Contributors include Janis's sister Laura and brother Michael, road manager John Cooke (son of the late Alistair Cooke), Robin Gibb, songwriters Jerry Ragovoy and Bob Neuwirth, and singers Pink, LeAnn Rimes and Bonnie Tyler. Producer Sue Clark
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