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Janis Joplin Talks About Rejection In Her Final Interview
September 27, 2013
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On September 30, 1970, four days before her death, singer Janis Joplin recorded her final interview. In a phone conversation with journalist, broadcaster and filmmaker Howard Smith, she discussed her feelings about rejection, criticism and the backlash she was facing from some women at the time..

It's a fascinating look at a musician who was both finding success and causing controversy. She's fiery and defiant in the face of her critics — but by the end of the interview, she also says she doesn't want to offend people, and explains that her opinions grew out of her own circumstances. Four days later, on October 4, she was found dead of a heroin overdose in a motel room in Hollywood.

PBS Digital Studios created this animated video using audio from Smith's interview. It's part of a series called Blank on Blank. Check out the Beastie Boys video from the series here.


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