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Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company

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National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company
When Texas-born singer Janis Joplin (1943-1970) joined the San Francisco band Big Brother and the Holding Company, she propelled the group to the top of the rock scene. A passionate, bluesy singer with a raw, powerful voice, Joplin electrified audiences with her sexualized performance style, delivered with explosive movements and a variety of wailing, whispering, and shrieking sounds. Before her tragic death of a drug overdose at age twenty-seven, Joplin had become a female rock icon. This 1967 advertisement for Big Brother's appearance at a club called the Matrix was designed by Victor Moscoso, a pioneer and master of the psychedelic rock poster. Discarding his extensive art training at the Cooper Union in New York and at Yale, Moscoso produced some of the boldest advertising of the era, enlivened with searing, clashing colors and deliberately illegible lettering.
Victor Moscoso, born 1936
Copy after
Lisa Bachelis Law
Neon Rose
Samuel Andrew, 18 Dec 1941 - 12 Feb 2015
James Gurley, 22 Dec 1939 - 20 Dec 2009
Peter Albin, born 1944
David Getz, born 1938
Janis Joplin, 19 Jan 1943 - 4 Oct 1970
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Jack Banning
Color lithographic poster
Image: 49 x 33.5cm (19 5/16 x 13 3/16")
Sheet: 50.8 x 35cm (20 x 13 3/4")
Mat size: custom (TBD)
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Symbols & Motifs\Flag\National\United States
Costume\Dress Accessory\Handkerchief\Bandana
Janis Joplin: Female
Janis Joplin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Rock
Samuel Andrew: Male
Samuel Andrew: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Samuel Andrew: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Samuel Andrew: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist
Samuel Andrew: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Arranger
David Getz: Male
David Getz: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
James Gurley: Male
James Gurley: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Peter Albin: Male
Peter Albin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Janis Joplin, James Gurley, Peter Albin, Samuel Andrew, and David Getz
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© 1967 Neon Rose