Oh, Come On

She would have been 70 years old today, January 19th, 2013.


Janis Lyn Joplin, Performer Artisan, (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer-songwriter. Joplin first rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist with her more soulful and bluesy backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. She was one of the more popular acts at the Monterey Pop Festival and later became one of the major attractions to the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Janis Joplin charted five singles, and other popular songs from her four-year career include “Down on Me”, “Summertime”, “Piece of My Heart“, “Ball ‘n’ Chain”, “Maybe”, “To Love Somebody”, “Kozmic Blues”, “Work Me, Lord”, “Cry Baby”, “Mercedes Benz”, and her only number one hit, “Me and Bobby McGee”.  Joplin was well known for her performing abilities, and her fans referred to her stage presence as “electric”. At the height of her career, she was known as “The Queen of Rock and Roll” as well as “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul,” and became known as Pearl amongst her friends. She was also a painter, dancer and music arranger. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004, and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. [Wikipedia, revised]

Like A Candle in the Wind, but burning at both ends, Janis Joplin died at the age of 27, from a drug overdose.

Performers also like to live in the fast lane, and seem up on the latest fashions of dress, food, drink, and music. Lively and uninhibited, Performers are the life of the party, always trying to create in those around them a mood of eat, drink, and be merry.

The Performers’ talent for enjoying life is healthy for the most part, though it also makes them more subject to temptations than the other types. Pleasure seems to be an end in itself for them, and variety is the spice of life. And so Performers are open to trying almost anything that promises them a good time, not always giving enough thought to the consequences. [Please Understand Me II]

She died young — to be forever young.

“I’m a victim of my own insides. There was a time when I wanted to know everything. I read a lot. I guess you’d say I was pretty intellectual. It’s odd, I can’t remember when it changed. It used to make me very unhappy, all that feeling. I just didn’t know what to do with it. But now I’ve learned how to make feeling work for me. I’m full of emotion and I want a release, and if you’re on stage and if it’s really working and you’ve got the audience with you, it’s a oneness you feel. I’m into me, plus they’re into me, and everything comes together. You’re full of it. I don’t know, I just want to feel as much as I can, it’s what ‘soul’ is all about.”

“Don’t compromise yourself. It’s all you’ve got.”

openquoteFreedom just another word for nothing left to lose.closedquote — Janis Joplin (Me and Bobby Magee)

10 thoughts on “Oh, Come On

  1. Peter Asp January 24, 2013 / 6:32 am

    Regarding Robert E. Lee’s type: In PUMI it says that he is an Artisan, but IIRC you now belive he is a Guardian?


    • David Keirsey January 24, 2013 / 3:15 pm

      Not sure of the reference of IIRC, but Lee as a Guardian is wrong. My father has regarded him as an Artisan as long as I can remember. I don’t disagree. He certainly was a brilliant tactician except at Gettysburg.


  2. Fabio Bani January 30, 2013 / 4:03 pm

    Roughly the same question about Dwight D. Eisenhower: in Please Understand Me II, you consider him as a Fieldmarshal and now, in http://www.keirsey.com, he is listed among notable Masterminds. Is the careful serial planning of the Invasion of Normandy that changed your mind?


    • David Keirsey January 31, 2013 / 12:24 pm

      Eisenhower is an interesting case. Briefly the answer to your question, there were numerous “reasons” to change. Just as my mistake on Greenspan (Fieldmarshal -> Mastermind)

      His image (from being President) was a “nice” old man. (However, I remember the presidential candidate John Kennedy, telling his crowd that that “old man” should retire, and was sleeping on the switch (the phantom missile gap)). Nothing could be farther from the truth, as historians and biographifers have revealed. Eisenhower, outwardly appeared “gregarious” in press and he had to “deal with” (diplomatically) the French and British when in charge of the Allied Forces, but it was strategic necessary to do so.

      The difference between the Fieldmarshal (Strategic Moblizer) and the Mastermind (Strategic Arranger) is subtle. Reading more in depth (because there are more excellent biographies), it became evident that Eisenhower was more of a Strategic Arranger than a Strategic Mobilizer. ONE difference in behavior can be noticed by how they treat the new organization they take over — Masterminds try mightily to keep individuals within the organization, only when an individual fails to perform repeatly do they cut them at the knees, and find someone else to perform. Fieldmarshals most often will bring their own “troups” to clean house and reshape the organization (the Fieldmarshals, kind of keep a mental rolodex of people they have found along the way to help with their endeavour). MacArthur and Marshall both mentally noted Eisenhower as a arrow in their quiver — MacArthur was not pleased when Marshall plucked Eisenhower from him (MacArthur would have kept Eisenhower if he could).


  3. David Keirsey January 19, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    Reblogged this on Please Understand Me and commented:
    “Freedom just another word for nothing left to lose.”

    Janis would be 71 years old.


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