The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin


CLEVELAND (November 2, 2009) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will celebrate Janis Joplin, one of rock and roll’s most passionate and influential artists during the 14th annual American Music Masters® series, entitled Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin, this November.  The annual series of events will begin November 9, 2009, culminating with a conference and a tribute concert. Artists just added to the concert include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and Santana co-founder Gregg Rolie, Roky Erickson of Austin’s 13th Floor Elevators and noted songwriter Bob Neuwirth (“Mercedes Benz”).

Additional Artists include Ray Benson, Guy Clark, Nona Hendryx, Bettye LaVette, Country Joe McDonald, Susan Tedeschi, Lucinda Williams and Carolyn Wonderland.

The tribute concert will be held Saturday, November 14, at 8 p.m. at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theater in Cleveland. Tickets are $30, $40 and $50.  This event is sponsored by Jim Beam. Tickets are available at the PlayhouseSquare box office, by calling (216) 241-6000, or by visiting A limited number of Rock Hall VIP event packages starting at $250 are available by calling (216) 515-1207.

This year’s event has the support of media sponsor Western Reserve PBS.

The remaining schedule of events for the 14th Annual American Music Masters® series Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin includes:

Wednesday, November 4 at 7 p.m. – Collaboration with the Cuyahoga County Public Library
Rock Hall educators will conduct an interactive videoconference entitled Ball of Confusion: Rock Music and Social Change in the 1960s and 1970s.  This class will be held simultaneously at the library’s Solon and Brooklyn branches and will highlight Janis Joplin’s extraordinary music, life and impact on popular culture. 

Monday, November 9 at 7 p.m.
- Rock and Roll Night School: A Spotlight on Janis Joplin at the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, 11130 Bellflower Road, Clark Hall Room 309
Rock Hall educators Dr. Lauren Onkey and Jason Hanley will introduce the life and career of Janis Joplin with a multimedia presentation. This event is free with a reservation. Email or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

Tuesday, November 10 at 4:30 p.m. Teachers Rock: Girls Rock! Helping Girls (and Boys) Find Their Voice in the K-12 Classroom in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater on the 4th floor
Featuring selected scenes from Girls Rock!, the acclaimed documentary about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, this special Teachers Rock workshop explores learning difference and multiple intelligences in the K-12 classroom.  Nancy Boutilier, a local educator and active musician featured in the film, will share her experiences at camp and in the classroom.  This workshop is designed for teachers and educators around Northeast Ohio. This event is free with a reservation. Email or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

Tuesday, November 10 at 7 p.m.
– Film Screening: Festival Express (2003) in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater on the 4th floor
Festival Express is a documentary exploring the 1970 Canadian tour in which some of the greatest performers of the time (including Inductees Janis Joplin, The Band, The Grateful Dead, and Buddy Guy) traveled by train together for five days, giving concerts where and when they stopped. Experience the film in the Rock Hall’s new Foster Theater with a state-of-the-art projector system and Dolby 7.1 surround sound.

Wednesday, November 11 at 7 p.m. – Hall of Fame Series with Jorma Kaukonen of the Jefferson Airplane in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater on the 4th floor
In a career that has spanned a half-century, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Jorma Kaukonen is the leading practitioner and teacher of fingerstyle guitar. He is one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana. The Grammy-nominated musician was a founding member of two legendary bands, The Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna.  He met Janis Joplin during her first stay in San Francisco in the early 1960s, and they recorded the legendary “Typewriter Tapes” together in 1965.  The event will also feature intimate performances interspersed throughout the interview.  This event is free with a reservation. Email or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m.
– From Songwriters to Soundmen featuring John Byrne Cooke, Janis Joplin’s former road manager in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater on the 4th floor
John Byrne Cooke was Janis Joplin’s road manager from December 1967 until her death in October 1970.  A writer, photographer and filmmaker, Cooke contributed ten essays on Janis Joplin and her music to Janis Joplin, A Performance Diary (1997). In June 1967, John was a member of the D.A. Pennebaker film crew that filmed the Monterey International Pop Festival. He will screen his 8mm films of Janis Joplin, shot throughout years on the road with her. They offer a unique and intimate view of this too-often misunderstood rock icon. This event is free with a reservation. Email or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

Friday, November 13 at 8 p.m. - Concert by Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel at Wilbert’s in Cleveland, 812 Huron Avenue – Hailed as the post-modern King of Western Swing, Ray Benson is the nine-time Grammy-winning leader of Asleep at the Wheel.  Having won Grammys in each of the last four decades, Asleep at the Wheel has worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, George Strait and the Dixie Chicks. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door or in advance at Wilbert’s. Rock Hall members can purchase two-for-one tickets by showing member ID at time of purchase. 

Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Rock and Roll Retrospective at Case Western Reserve’s Wolstein Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road, in the Wolstein Research Building
A reflection on the career of Janis Joplin and her impact on rock and roll music. Participants will include Laura and Michael Joplin, Janis’ sister and brother; songwriter Jerry Ragovoy (“Piece of my Heart,” “Get It While You Can,” “Cry Baby,” “Time is on My Side”); singer and songwriters Country Joe McDonald (“The “Fish” Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag”) and Bob Neuwirth (“Mercedes Benz”); celebrated authors and journalists Ann Powers, Holly George-Warren, and Lucy O’Brien; former San Francisco and current Sirius Radio disc jockey Dusty Street; and David C. Barnett from Cleveland’s WVIZ/PBS ideastream®. Tickets are $30 (Continental breakfast and lunch included) and are available through Ticketmaster and the Museum box office.

Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m. Tribute Concert at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre
The concert will feature Inductee Gregg Rolie, Ray Benson, Guy Clark, Roky Erickson, Nona Hendryx, Bettye Lavette, Country Joe McDonald, Bob Neuwirth, Susan Tedeschi, Lucinda Williams and Carolyn Wonderland. This event also tells the story of Joplin’s life and legacy through video and special tributes. Tickets are $30, $40 and $50 and can be purchased at and at the PlayhouseSquare box office (216) 241-6000 or by visiting

Please visit for updated information about the concert, the weeklong series of events and for more information about Janis Joplin. 

About the American Music Masters® Series

The American Music Masters® series, a co-production of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, celebrates the lives and careers of artists who changed the shape and sound of American culture. Drawing together experts, artists, fans and friends, the series provide new perspectives on the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century.

The tribute concert brings together a diverse mix of artists and musical styles, and as a result, many magical moments have taken place over the years. In 2004, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss performed onstage together for the first time to honor Lead Belly. This year the pair was awarded the highest honors of Album of the Year for Raising Sand and Record of the Year for “Please Read the Letter” at the 51st annual Grammy awards. Honoree Jerry Lee Lewis, who was not scheduled to perform at the 2007 concert, was moved to take the stage at the end of the show. Lewis tenderly played the piano and sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. At the first American Music Masters tribute concert, Bruce Springsteen set the bar high and performed in honor of Woody Guthrie. The most star-studded and unique performance by a trio was Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke and Elvis Costello paying tribute to Sam Cooke in 2005. Last year, a 93-year-old Les Paul took the stage with his trio and then led an epic jam with some of rock and roll’s greatest guitarists, from Jennifer Batten to Slash.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK or visit  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

About Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University is among the nation’s leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case Western Reserve offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities was established in 1996 with a generous gift of endowment from Eric and Jane Nord. Dedicated to celebrating achievements in the arts and humanities, the Center facilitates cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations that address questions and problems of broad human interest.

About Cuyahoga County Public Library
Cuyahoga County Public Library is ranked the Number Two library system in the nation among libraries that serve populations of 500,000 or more. It is the seventh busiest library in the nation with 28 branches that serve 47 communities. The Library’s mission is to provide our community open access to resources that inform, entertain, and enrich. For more information, visit .