Born: January 19, 1943
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: October 4, 1970
Occupation: Singer and Songwriter
Profile: Best known as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company.
Number of Quotes: 17
Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.
Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
Guess what, I might be the first hippie pinup girl.
I always wanted to be an artist, whatever that was, like other chicks want to be stewardesses. I read. I painted. I thought.
I got treated very badly in Texas. They don't treat beatniks too good in Texas. Port Arthur people thought I was a beatnik, though they'd never seen one and neither had I.
I won't quit to become someone's old lady.
I'm one of those regular weird people.
If I hold back, I'm no good. I'm no good. I'd rather be good sometimes, than holding back all the time.
My father wouldn't get us a TV, he wouldn't allow a TV in the house.
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz.
On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.
Rock on out.
Texas is OK if you want to settle down and do your own thing quietly, but it's not for outrageous people, and I was always outrageous.
When I sing, I feel like when you're first in love. It's more than sex. It's that point two people can get to they call love, when you really touch someone for the first time, but it's gigantic, multiplied by the whole audience. I feel chills.
You got to get it while you can.
You know why we're stuck with the myth that only black people have soul? Because white people don't let themselves feel things.