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Activity for 1º Bachillerato describing Janis Joplin's life, includes two songs with blanks to fill in during the listening. It can be worked to practise the Simple past and to introduce feelings and drugs vocabulary.

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  • Once upon a time byCarmen Torres

There was a girl Janis Joplin Whose voice cried of loneliness Her desire for acceptance was at the heart of her rebellion and her success came because of this rebellion. The sad part about rebellion, however, is that it usually follows rejection, and that was something Janis knew deep down her soul. Childhood

  • She was born January 19, 1943
  • Her parents wanted her to be a teacher but she wanted to be an artist
  • Born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas, a small Southern petroleum industry town

Her adolescence

  • Her soft child-blond hair turnedtufted and brown
  • She tended to gain weight
  • "She was unhappy and unsatisfied. The normal rapport wasn't adequate. her mother said
  • Other kids at high school would routinelycall her names like "pig," "freak" or "creep."
  • She developed acne

She was different

  • Janis graduated from high school in 1960 andattendedLamar State College of Technology
  • She did not complete her studies at the University Of Texas, Austin.
  • The campus newspaper wrote a profile of her in 1962 headlined "She Dares To Be Different."
  • To be rejected by school was to be rejected by the town

The rebel

  • She stood up for the rights of African Americans and other people
  • She broke with local social traditions
  • She decided to reject her society
  • Janis suffered from a double rejection

Looking for friends

  • She almost immediately felt out of place and lonely
  • She began singing blues with an inborn talent
  • She started her experiments with alcohol and drugs , specially speed
  • She played the coffee houses in the small towns of Texas

The wanderer Texas California San Francisco Port Arthur San Francisco community

  • She found a vital community there
  • She was offered the singing position in a group called Big Brother and the Holding Company
  • They played up and down the California coast

She became a drug addict Around this time her drug use increased, and she acquired a reputation as a "speed freak" and occasional heroin user A wish of happiness

  • She also used other intoxicants and was a heavy drinker; her trademark beverage wasSouthern Comfort
  • She was described as "skeletal and "emaciated by her friends
  • She was persuaded to return to Port Arthur

The break 1963

  • She avoided drugs
  • Shebegan having a little confidence
  • She engaged to a man who wanted to marry her
  • She changed her lifestyle
  • Shewas 20

Return to drugs

  • The man terminated plans for the marriage soon after
  • She felt again lonely and depressed
  • Her dream became a nightmare
  • Janis never returned home

A woman left______ Shell do crazy things, yeah, yeahfor the new men now and______ A woman left lonely when a good face come into your head. And when she gets_________ ,She knows hes taking her for granted, yeah yeah, Honey, she doesnt understand_____,no no no no! Well, the fevers of the______ ,Yeah, those red-hot flames A woman left lonely,When he cant keep up his own_____ , good Lord, Shes got to do the best that she___ , yeah! A woman left lonely,Lord, Lord, Lord! will soon grow tired of________ , on lonely_________ . A simple__________ Makes a touchy_________ shes thinking bout her________ , they burn an unloved________ try to push old love aside.shes the victim of her______ , yes she is. Lord, that________ girl, A woman leftlonely Shell do crazy things, yeah, yeahfor the new men now andagain A woman left lonely when a good face come into your head. And when she getslonely ,She knows hes taking her for granted, yeah yeah, Honey, she doesnt understandhim , no no no no! Well, the fevers of thenight ,Yeah, those red-hot flames A woman left lonely,When he cant keep up his ownway , good Lord, Shes got to do the best that shecan , yeah! A woman left lonely,Lord, Lord, Lord! will soon grow tired ofwaiting , on lonelyoccasions . A simpleconversation Makes a touchysituation shes thinking bout herman , they burn an unlovedwoman try to push old love aside.shes the victim of herman , yes she is. Lord, thatlonelygirl, Her happiness, her music

  • Her first album was released in 1967
  • She sang in three bands
  • Her albums have gone gold, platinum, and triple platinum

She created her own style

  • She was one of the first to use tattoos as part of her image
  • She created an image that defined her every bit
  • Even her car had her own style

Old Buddies

  • Her insecurities caused her to return to her old dear friends

Drugs: Heroine 200$ a day Booze: 1 bottle a day Dessert: Cocktail of amphetamines & barbiturates Sex: she eventually contractedgonorrhoea An attempt to give it up

  • By the 70s she was suffering fromthe ravages of drug abuse, gonorrhoea and alcoholism
  • Frequent trips in and out of Rehab were common for her
  • She tried to record a new album
  • She was hard-working and always sober whilerecording

Her sorrow, her death When the heroin finally took effect, she was apparently caught off guard. Unconscious, Janis would fall to the floor, striking her head on the dresser on the way down. Her body would be found some 18 hours later, facedown, wedged between the dresser and bed . She was only 27 A sad, lonely death In the quiet morning And in the hours that_______ Tossed by the tides of_______ Rolled in on a sea of________ Rolled out on a mainline rail I'm sure she walked by you Her striding steps could not____ Torment from a child who knew There would be despair No one could______ She cried out her song so_____ It was heard the whole world______ A symphony of______ La La La La La La La There was much______ No one could_______ That poor_____ Barely here to tell her tale She once walked tight at my_____ That in the quiet_______ And in the hours that________ That poor____ The great southwest unbound In the quiet morning by Joan Baez For Janis Joplin In the quiet morning And in the hours thatfollowed Tossed by the tides ofmisfortune Rolled in on a sea ofdisaster Rolled out on a mainline rail I'm sure she walked by you Her striding steps could notdeny Torment from a child who knew There would be despair No one couldrepair She cried out her song soloud It was heard the whole worldroundA symphony ofviolence La La La La La La La There was muchdespair No one couldrepair That poorgirl Barely here to tell her tale She once walked tight at myside That in the quietmorning And in the hours thatfollowed That poorgirl The great southwest unbound In the quiet morning by Joan Baez For Janis Joplin She vanished into the Ocean The end of a girl who just couldnt find her way Herasheswere scattered into the PacificOcean Her legacy

  • The 1979 film The Rose was based on her life
  • In the late 1990s, a musical Love, Janis was launched
  • Her greatest Hits album still tops the charts
  • She is still alive in rock fans minds
  • Jimmy Hendrix had died two weeks earlier, Jim Morrison would die within a year. They were also 27

In Memory of Janis The end