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You Can Drive Away in Janis Joplin's Porsche

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On: Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 10:04AM | By: Gary P Garry

You Can Drive Away in Janis Joplin's Porsche

There are certain historical events that you learn about that helped to shape the way that we have evolved as a culture. Some of them are political, some of them are military, and some of them are industrial. In some cases, you wish you were there to experience them, and, in others, you are very glad that you weren't.

All of those heavy things are important, but there are also artistic events that will never be forgotten. I'm a musician, and, for me, seminal concerts are a big deal. I truly wish I had been at some of the gigs I was too young to experience—one of them is Woodstock.

Clearly, I am not alone when it comes to Woodstock envy. An important artist is an one who withstands the test of time. The performers who appeared at Woodstock make up a good portion of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, when you look back on it. Most of them were quite young at that time, so there were no guarantees.

One artist who made a big impression at Woodstock was Janis Joplin. Over the history of rock music, there haven't been too many women who have been mentioned among the icons, so it was even more unusual for a woman to make an impact back in 1969. She performed with her group the Kozmic Blues Band, and she was actually advertised as a headliner on the second night of the festival.

From the postwar era onward, automobiles have been tied to the music industry. Many songs about cars have been written, largely because young people were drawn to the freedom that you experience when you are behind the wheel. Plus, there was the cool factor, and people started to become defined by their rides.

Joplin joined the party with regard to automotive songwriting when she recorded the tune “Mercedes-Benz” in just one take in 1970. It was actually her last recording; she passed away three days after laying down the track.

In the lyrics, she sings that her “friends all drive Porsches,” but, in fact, she drove one herself. The car was a 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet, replete with a stunning psychedelic paint job. Now, the car is going up for auction.

How cool would it be to own Janis Joplin's Porsche? I really can't find words to describe it, and I can't find the money to buy it, because the estimated auction price is $400,000.

The car will be auctioned off by Sotheby's, and you can read all about it here.


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