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Florence and The Machine on Janis Joplin

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Published on Jul 1, 2010

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Florence and The Maching on Janis Joplin: I learnt about Janis Joplin from an anthology of female blues singers. Janis was a fascinating character who bridged the gap between the psychedelic blues and soul scenes. She is so vulnerable, self-conscious, and full of suffering. She tore herself apart yet on stage she was totally different. She was so unrestrained, so free, so raw, and she wasn't afraid to wail. Her connection with the audience was important. It seems to me the suffering and intensity of her performance go hand in hand. There was always a sense of longing of searching for something. I think she really sums up the idea that soul is about putting your pain into something beautiful. And that's why she's so important to me and that's why Music Matters.

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