Amy Winehouse performing in Berlin in 2007

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Or was Amy Winehouse the reincarnation of Janis Joplin?

I was watching the “Back to Black” video and something suddenly struck me….was Amy Winehouse a reincarnation of Janis Joplin…Joplin’s evolution?  They both projected so much powerful  soul into their music.  Janis was harder, more fierce and energetic.  Amy was a more restrained and polished version of Joplin’s expression. Winehouse’s look was 1965, especially in the “Back to Black” video…the eyeliner, the beehive hair, the dress.  Joplin hit her prime in 1968 and by then, the look of the period had changed radically.  Janice adopted the hippie persona of her time.  But the voice…that voice.

Janis drank and drugged herself to death and Amy the same, both at age 27.  How odd….both at age 27.

Janis Joplin was the queen of rock and roll and the queen of soul.  She concentrated on songs from the blues category and sang them like no one else could.  Her voice had amazing range and you could feel that it was coming deep from the core of her.   She died from an overdose of heroin in 1970, just sixteen days after Jimi Hendrix.  Joplin’s  voice was described at the time as being “devastatingly original”.

And “devastatingly original” describes Winehouse as well.

Janis Joplin

Janice Joplin

So watch the two videos.  Maybe you will hear what I hear.  Enjoy…



(Hit the play button….walk away for a few minutes and let these videos load….then hit the replay button. Otherwise, the stop and start will drive you crazy)