Janis Joplin was a pioneer in the male-dominated rock music scene of the late 1960s. Styling herself after Beat poets and black blues heroines, the rebellious Texan became "the most staggering leading woman in rock... she slinks like tar, scowls like war...," in the words of Richard Goldstein, Vogue magazine. Always daring to be different, she showed her true colors with vibrant costumes, feathers in her hair, and tattoos on her wrist and breast.
"Janis Joplin's talent was that you believed she was singing her guts out every night. In that sense she was like [Edith] Piaf. You were watching a candle burn, with no wax to replace what had already been burned up. Janis was a feel, an emotion, a spur. …she aroused desire but was not the object of that desire. And I think she was never able to deal with that reality." Bill Graham, Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out