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  Pearl's A Singer   great trivia quiz  
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Janis Joplin, whose nickname was "Pearl", certainly had a distinctive voice but she was more than just a singer.
Average, 10 Qns, pollucci19, Jul 14 16
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  Janis Lyrics    
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I start finish it.
Tough, 10 Qns, letsrock73, Jul 10 01
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  Janis Joplin   popular trivia quiz  
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This quiz is dedicated to Janis Joplin,one of the greatest performers of the 1960's. Please take this quiz to test your knowledge to see how much you really know about her life. Have fun and enjoy.
Tough, 15 Qns, ashalia, Feb 21 06
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  Joplin Trivia   popular trivia quiz  
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Tough, 10 Qns, letsrock73, Jul 11 01
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Janis Joplin Trivia Questions

2. What state was Janis born in?

From Quiz Joplin Trivia

Answer: Texas

Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas.

3. Janis Joplin was quoted as saying "just a little treat for the boys, like icing on the cake" about what?

From Quiz Pearl's A Singer

Answer: A tattoo

(The trendsetter): Tattoos have been around for thousands of years and in this day and age they are commonplace and have grown to be an accepted part of modern culture. In the 1960s and 1970s it was almost unheard of to have a woman of note wearing a tattoo. Janis was one of the women whose influence would lead to the changing of that guard. She approached Lyle Tuttle, a notable US tattoo artist, and requested two tattoos. The first was publically visible and was placed on her wrist. Whilst it took the shape of a Florentine bracelet that Joplin had found while on a tour of South America, Janis was heard to say that for her it was a symbol of women's liberation. The second, a love heart that was penned onto her breast, was not for the public, this was the one that was (a) for her and her friends and (b) the treat for the boys. After the tattoos were done Janis threw a party that night to show off Tuttle's work. Tuttle, who was invited, ended up tattooing eighteen of her friends through the evening. Sources for this question were:

4. What state was Janis born and raised in?

From Quiz Janis Joplin

Answer: Texas

She was born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas.

5. Janis Joplin rejected the advances of which member of the Doors by hitting him on the head?

From Quiz Pearl's A Singer

Answer: Jim Morrison

(The bad girl): The story was told by Paul A. Rothchild who, at the time, was the Doors' producer and was also working on Joplin's album "Pearl". He'd arranged for the pair, whom he'd coined the King and Queen of Rock 'n' Roll to meet up at a party in Hidden Hills. Janis liked what she saw and so did Morrison. Unfortunately, while Janis got "charming" drunk, Morrison had gotten "cretin" drunk which pushed Joplin to leave the party. Morrison followed Janis to her car at which point he was told, in a less than kind manner, to remove himself. Jim, not one to take no for an answer, reached into the car and grabbed hold of Janis' hair. Janis grabbed a bottle of Southern Comfort and smashed it against Morrison's head, knocking him out. Source: "Break On Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison" by James Riordan (2006).

6. What year did Janis die?

From Quiz Janis Joplin

Answer: 1970

She died October 4, 1970.

7. Janis Joplin once smashed a whiskey bottle over which rocker's head?

From Quiz Joplin Trivia

Answer: Jim Morrison

Janis once got tired of Jim Morrison's total drunken belligerance at a party in San Fransisco, so she smashed a bottle of Southern Comfort across Jim's head as he was sitting in his car.

8. Janis Joplin covered which song by Louis "Moondog" Hardin for Big Brother and the Holding Company's 1967 self titled album as she saw it as a true reflection of where her career was at?

From Quiz Pearl's A Singer

Answer: All is Loneliness

(The lonely girl): To put it delicately, Janis was known to have a penchant for men and had had several lovers in her time with no relationship of any real standing. She often said that despite being constantly surrounded by people she forever felt alone. She once said "onstage, I make love to 25,000 - then I go home alone". There are two echoes in that statement - she felt at her best when she was working, pouring her heart out to a willing audience but to her, the giving only went one way. This is further reflected in a comment by Nina Simone at the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival when she said (of Joplin) "it pained me to see how hard she worked. Because she got hooked into a thing, and it wasn't on drugs. She got hooked into a feeling and she played to corpses". Louis Hardin, better known as "Moondog", was blinded at the age of sixteen. He made his living by selling his poetry in New York between the 1940s and 1972. He moved to Germany and settled there in 1974. An inspiration to many musicians he would release numerous albums and invent a range of instruments throughout his career.

9. Janis and her friends in Austin often played at this popular bar in Austin...

From Quiz Joplin Trivia

Answer: Threadgill's

On Thursday evenings, Janis and her Austin gang sang at Ken Thredgill's bar, a converted gas station on the outskirts of town.

10. In 1963, Janis hitchhiked to what state to join the hippie movement?

From Quiz Janis Joplin

Answer: California

This happened in San Francisco.

11. Whose autobiography (she was known as "Lady Day") did Janis Joplin always carry with her and virtually treated ike a Bible?

From Quiz Pearl's A Singer

Answer: Billie Holiday

(The reverent): To understand the impact that Billie Holiday had on a young Janis Joplin you only need to hear one of her quotes; "Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday... they are so subtle, they can milk you with two notes. They can go no further than from A to B, and they can make you feel like they told you the whole universe". When Janis left Texas early in 1963 and headed to North Beach, San Francisco, primarily to be a hippy and "just to get away", one of the first things she packed was Holiday's autobiography "Lady Sings the Blues". Her friend Richard Hundgen was quoted "it was like a Bible to her".

12. In 1968, what album did Janis and her band release?

From Quiz Janis Joplin

Answer: Cheap Thrills

All of the other choices were live versions of these songs on the album.

13. What was Janis Joplin's nickname, given to her by her hippie peers throughout the Haight?

From Quiz Joplin Trivia

Answer: Pearl

Janis was called 'Pearl' by most of the people in the Haight. She would only let a select few people refer to her as 'Tex'.

14. Janis Joplin's last recording was a birthday greeting to which Beatle?

From Quiz Pearl's A Singer

Answer: John Lennon

(The tender heart): On October 1 in 1970 Janis completed two recordings. One that would solidify her legend, "Mercedes Benz", and the other was a one minute greeting to Lennon that was built around an old Dale Evans song called "Happy Trails". In, what some describe as prophetic vein, the track includes the line "happy trails to you, until we meet again". She would pass away three days later. In an interview with talk show host Dick Cavett Lennon confirmed that he'd received the recording, not long after Janis' passing. If you are interested in listening to it a copy was made available to the public as part of a three CD box-set, simply titled "Janis", in 1993.

15. In reference to the above question, a month after its release, the 1968 album went to what?

From Quiz Janis Joplin

Answer: gold

16. Which famous NFL football coach went to school with Janis Joplin and often poked fun at her?

From Quiz Joplin Trivia

Answer: Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy Johnson attended Thomas Jefferson High with Janis. In his own tell all biography he admits to 'picking' on her.

17. Janis Joplin paid to have a tombstone erected on the grave of which singer once known as the "Empress of the Blues"?

From Quiz Pearl's A Singer

Answer: Bessie Smith

(Aware of her roots): Bessie Smith was a singing force in the 1920s and the early 1930s with hits such as "Crazy Blues" and "Downhearted Blues". She died in 1937 as a result of severe injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Despite being a major influence on so many recording artists she was laid to rest in an unmarked grave. As a teenager Joplin had befriended a group of school outcasts, one of whom introduced her to the works of Smith and a number of other artists from that same era. This fortuitous meeting would not only influence Joplin to become a singer but to shape the direction that her music would take. When Joplin discovered Smith's fate she was aghast and put forward the funds to have a proper tombstone created on the site. This act would later be immortalised in song by the great Dory Previn whose song "Stone for Bessie Smith" would appear on her 1971 solo album "Mythical Kings and Iguanas".

18. When was Janis inducted into the 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame'?

From Quiz Janis Joplin

Answer: 1995

19. What was Janis's drug of choice?

From Quiz Joplin Trivia

Answer: alcohol

Unlike other hippies in the scene, Janis never cared for the hallucinogenic party drugs of her peers. She preferred Southern Comfort whiskey until she discovered heroin, which she died from in 1970.

20. What happened to Janis Joplin's remains?

From Quiz Pearl's A Singer

Answer: Her ashes were scattered upon the ocean

(Woman of the world): Joplin died in Hollywood and her service was also held there - at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Mortuary in Los Angeles. She was cremated and some of her ashes were scattered from a plane into the Pacific Ocean. The rest were scattered along Stinson Beach in California. The service had been kept quiet and private and was only attended by her parents and her aunt. Her will allowed for $2,500 to be set aside for a wake which was then held in San Anselmo on October 26, 1970. It almost seems ironic then that, as she found herself giving in life and yet feeling so alone, so she was in death.

21. How did Janis die?

From Quiz Janis Joplin

Answer: heroin overdose

She died in Los Angeles.

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