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November 2, 2023

The Two Queen Bees of San Francisco Rock: Janis Joplin and Grace Slick Photographed by Jim Marshall in 1967

“People who write books really get Janis wrong. The woman I knew would cackle, she’d laugh so hard, and was fun to be with. Very vocal, very outspoken, very funny. Texas women tend to be like that. They called us fire and ice. I was the ice and she was the fire. But I think she is more of a symbol of those times than I. She had more style. My voice is OK, but she really pushed the envelope.” – Grace Slick remembered her friendship with Janis Joplin.

Shortly after Monterey Pop, photographer Jim Marshall took Janis Joplin for a photo session over to where Grace Slick lived. Marshall wanted to photograph the two queens of San Francisco rock. Slick was the unequivocal leading lady of the new rock and Joplin had just knocked everybody dead at Monterey and was clearly the next contender. There were no stylists, no hair and makeup people, just a couple of young women goofing around for a friend with a camera. It was the only time those two would pose together.

“Everyone always thought there was a huge rivalry between Janis and Grace, but they were dear friends. This is the only time they were photographed together, and by the end of the session, we were all getting pretty silly and clowning around.” –  Jim Marshall


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