Season Three Episode 11

Janis Joplin Episode 11: Racing on the PCH, Brawling with the Killer, and Late to the Last Session

The final months of Janis Joplin’s life are a chaotic blend of ups and downs. She starts a relationship with a drug dealer she just met. She gets into a fight with Jerry Lee Lewis backstage at one of his shows. She races her producer, Paul Rothchild, on the PCH in dueling Porsches. And when she doesn’t show up to the studio for a scheduled session, everyone fears the worst.

SOURCES

Janis: Her Life and Music, by Holly George-Warren

Backstage with Janis Joplin: Doubts, Drugs and Compassion (NPR)

On the Road with Janis Joplin, by John Byrne Cooke

A Midnight Call from Janis Joplin: Ben Fong-Torres Tells All (KQED)

Hey, Janis Is Feeling Great! (Rolling Stone)

Seth Morgan’s Last Ride (JanisJoplin.net)

The Last Ride of a Rebel Writer (Washington Post)

Janis Joplin on the Dick Cavett Show, 6/25/1970

What Happened to Janis Joplin’s Porsche? (American Blues Scene)

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