Janis Joplin performed at the Dane County Memorial Coliseum on Nov. 21, 1969. To mark the anniversary, we're republishing reviews of the show by Wisconsin State Journal and Capital Times critics, plus other interesting ephemera unearthed from our archives.
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"In Person! - Janis Joplin"
Published in the Capital Times on Nov. 17, 1969.
"Tonight - Janis Joplin"
Published in the Capital Times on Nov. 21, 1969.
"Joplin Burns, Churns Her Way Through Sad Songs"
"Crouching, spinning, wrenching her voice into a mixed bag of pain and joy, she gave free play to the faded blonde waterfall of hair that frames her raw voice.
Perfume, beer, popcorn, sweat, and cigaret (sic) smoke combined before the evening ended, to amplify the crowd's otherwise almost too polite appreciation of the singer whom the leader of an earlier band hailed as 'that funky broad'."
"Janis Joplin Brings 'Em Here"
"Having been forewarned by the surging masses of Joplin fans at her shows in other cities, the Dane County Memorial Coliseum put up barricades' around the stage for her Friday night show, in hopes of 'deterring the jumpin', and shoutin', and freakin' out,' as Janis put it.
'I hope it won't,' she said; and it certainly didn't."
Read the full Wisconsin State Journal review, published Nov. 22, 1969, here.