The Hideout Theatre & Coffeehouse
"...East Coast native and freshman filmmaker Tara Veneruso's passion for the ever-evolving music scene in Austin led her to the capital of Texas for this documentary on its legendary nightlife. Janis Joplin Slept Here uses the psychedelic Sixties as the genesis, looking back at the musical roots of Texas and then winding its way through the Cosmic Cowboy scare, the blues explosion, the punk rebellion, and glossing over the New Sincerity years on its way to the emergence of the current alternative scene in the Nineties..."
"...The Cosmic Giggle must have been in full-tilt hysterics on January 19, 1943 when the oil refinery seaport of Port Arthur, Texas, won the heavenly crapshoot as the birthplace of rock & roll's first female superstar, Janis Joplin. In retrospect, Port Arthur's most famous daughter both defied and defined the Texas town that raised, rejected, reviled, then ultimately rejoiced in her brief, mad existence..."
"...Janis Joplin's 1965 Porsche with the psychedelic paint job is not for sale. At least not the replica of the famous car in Port Arthur's Museum of the Gulf Coast...."
"...The image of Janis, she became the total opposite of that. Someday, I'd like to talk to Laura [Joplin], because I know so many stories no one else does..."
"...Summer 1968, Janis Joplin and her band Big Brother & the Holding Company arrived in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri..."
"...The setting is 1970 on a train careening west for five days across the Canadian countryside. Among the locomotive’s passengers were Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy, members of the Grateful Dead and the Band, Delaney and Bonnie, Ian & Sylvia and the Great Speckled Bird, and many, many more luminaries, backup musicians, and traveling companions..."
"...It traces the local youth culture's changeover from beatniks to hippies, folkies to rockers, and potheads to day-trippers. Inevitably, the music is a big part of the story, with stops along the way to examine Janis Joplin's Austin years, the 13th Floor Elevators, the Vulcan Gas Company, and so much more..."
"...The director’s cut of the film adds performances from Canned Heat and Janis Joplin and extends the Jimi Hendrix performance by several minutes, but what continues to stand out, aside from mesmerizing performances by the Who and Santana, are the glimpses of humanity, from the stoned and muddy attendees to the performers and producers backstage to the townsfolk, who reacted in unexpected ways and with unprecedented results...."
"...What was Janis Joplin running from? She must have been running from something; why else would she have ridden her rocket to stardom so hard? Why would she have grabbed the golden ring but still insisted on going another round after it was firmly in hand? Janis Joplin was rock & roll's first female superstar; wasn't that enough?..."
"...Every statement made or action taken acquires a foreshadowing resonance, as though the artist knew she wasn't long meant for this world. But Love, Janis tries to celebrate the life of Janis Joplin...."
"...One Night With Janis JoplinZach Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar, 512/476-0541 www.zachtheatre.org Through Aug..."
"...5 stars -- Kate X Messer JANIS JOPLIN..."
"...1 star -- Jay Hardwig LOST VOICES: THE SONGS OF JIMI HENDRIX, JANIS JOPLIN, AND JIM MORRISON..."
"...There have been bands skirting around the edges of city life, some making an impact and others helping point the way forward: Janis Joplin, Powell St. John, and Lanny Wiggins uniting as the Waller Creek Boys; the Wigs with John "Toad" Andrews, Keith Karnaky, Bob Arthur, and Boz Scaggs; the irresistible Conqueroo stewing up Ed Guinn, Bob Brown, Charlie Pritchard, and Gerry Storm; and the mighty 13th Floor Elevators, first starring Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall, Stacy Sutherland, Benny Thurman, and John Ike Walton...."
"...TALENT SCOUT Attending one of my sister's teen band showcases at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, out of all the youthful talent onstage, I was riveted by a young woman named Rachel Thompson from the band AfterMath. Singing through her long, side-parted hair, she resembled a young Janis Joplin..."
"...JANIS JOPLIN WITH BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY..."
"...The word from Variety is that the Nancy Savoca-directed, $20-million Janis Joplin biopic starring Lili Taylor (I Shot Andy Warhol) has pulled ahead in the race for completion against the competing flick starring Melissa Etheridge and directed by Marc Rocco (Murder in the First). (All this in the same time frame that a half-dozen Selena TV movies have already come and gone.) On another Janis front, the House of Blues Music Company has capitalized on the fact that no one's done a tribute album for Joplin, whom their press release describes as "a woman who made it her business not only to write and sing the blues but to live -- and die -- them." Included on Songs of Janis Joplin -- Blues Down Deep are performances by Etta James, Koko Taylor, Tracy Nelson, and Lou Ann Barton..."
"...And when it does, odds are a cop'll come calling, and – if you're lucky – you'll be asked to leave immediately (and to pay a hefty smoking fine). Trust us on this, but don't ask how we know. Joplin Was Here..."
"...Janis Joplin left Texas, June 1966, nervous and a bit frightened, with promises of fame and fortune from former Austinite and Avalon Ballroom booker Chet Helms, but she never stopped looking back. Love, Janis, which opened at Austin's impeccable Long Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday and runs through Sunday, brings the iconic blues belter to life through the letters she wrote to her family and friends, while local singer/actress Andra Mitrovich magnificently channels her tenacity and truth, particularly during a re-enactment of her breakthrough at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival..."