“Against the busy saw-mill drone of Big Brother and the Holding Company's guitars and ecstatic yelpings is that voice. It numbs you to all but its own engulfing presence.” - David Dalton describing Janis’ voice, 1966.
“Janis abandoned modesty and dignity both, which is why she now sounds so naked and so far away. She belongs irrevocably to the ‘60s but that doesn’t mean that she no longer has anything to say to us, or that her voice doesn’t come howling down the years as a still unfulfilled yelp of desire, a wordless howl thrown after the disappearing back of a freedom big enough to match her need.” - MOJO
"Joplin, a North Beach regular in the 1960s, was famously photographed singing at the bar in one of its previous incarnations, and Graham asked if Fish could create a portrait of her for its exterior."
“She’d morphed from the radiant child I knew in San Francisco into a kind of psychedelic Queen Victoria – wreathed in multi-coloured boas and wearing purple-tinted granny glasses.” - David Dalton, MOJO
"Playing isn’t necessarily about happiness. It’s about letting yourself feel all those things you have on the inside of you, but you’re trying to push them aside because they don’t make for polite conversation.“ - Janis Joplin