Sunday, March 22, 2009
Just Vegging Out on a Sunday Night . . . .
watching Janis Joplin's performance of "Ball and Chain" at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. I remember watching the documentary Janis: The Way She Was on VHS in the early 1990s, and from that point on, I've been a fan. I recall the documentary portraying the fact that she was picked on and teased by classmates growing up in Port Arthur, Texas, simply because she was different. As a gay man, I can relate to her experiences growing up, which is why I feel connected not just to her music, but also to that "outcast" persona of hers.
At 3:24 minutes into the video, the camera pans to Cass Elliot (The Mamas & the Papas) in the audience. At the end of the video, the camera pans to Cass Elliot again, and you see her mouthing the word, "Wow," after Janis' performance.