This listing is for 2 yearbooks, Janis Joplin Junior Year Yellow Jacket 1959 yearbook and Cactus 1963 yearbook featuring a mention and picture of Janis Joplin along with Charles Whitman, mass murderer and Richard "Kinky" Friedman, American singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician, and former columnist for Texas. Janis's 1959 yearbook is in fair / good condition, plenty of writing from student to student in this book, hard to find because of this superstar. The Cactus 1963 yearbook is in very good condition. Janis Joplin appears in this yearbook in a photo of "Wednesday Night Folk Singers."
Singer Janis Joplin rose to fame in the late 1960s and was known for her powerful, blues-inspired vocals. She died of an accidental drug overdose in 1970.
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More about Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American blues-influenced rock singer and occasional songwriter with a highly distinctive voice. Joplin performed on four music albums recorded between 1966 and 1970. The first two with the San Francisco band, Big Brother and The Holding Company, one with Kozmic Blues Band and her final release with Full Tilt Boogie Band. On each of her recordings, Joplin is listed as lead vocalist. Her highly-charged performances, coupled with a deep understanding of the genres of gospel, blues, as well as rock and roll, paved the way for the significant contributions that women who came after Janis Joplin could make in rock bands. Joplin's music became her spiritual reality within the physical world in which she performed and triumphed. Her personal demons overcame her and claimed her life. Today she is a highly regarded and influential figure in popular music.
Kinky Friedman is a man who dons several hats. He started out as a country musician and achieved cult fame for his satirical and Jewish-themed lyrics. Blessed with a great sense of humour he has the ability to drive home important messages in a humorous and lighthearted manner. Born as Richard Samet Friedman, he acquired the nickname ‘Kinky’ due to his mop of curly, unruly hair. He formed a band called Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys, and gave each of his band members funny nicknames like Snakebite Jacob and Rainbow Colours. One of his most famous songs is ‘They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore’ in which he berates a white racist who insults blacks, Greeks and Jews. A highly creative and talented man, he took to writing novels once his musical career stalled. His novels were primarily detective stories in which a fictionalized version of himself would solve crimes in New York City. In a bid to fulfill his political aspirations, Friedman ran for the position of Governor of Texas in 2006 but he lost. A devoted animal lover, he founded the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch where abused and aging animals are cared for.
Charles Joseph Whiteman was a mass murderer. Besides killing his mother and wife, he murdered around seventeen people in a mass shooting at the University of Texas. His father’s ill-treatment of his entire family played a crucial role in forming his criminal mentality - he suffered a lot due to unhappy relationship of his parents. While attending the University of Texas, police detained him along with some of his friends for poaching deer. It has been known that he used to feel jealous of his wife, a biology teacher who earned more than he did. Moreover, he was financially dependent on his father and this dependence created an inferiority complex within him. In spite of his wife’s repeated request to consult a psychiatrist, he refused to do so. In addition to that, he was mentally disturbed when his parents got separated after leading a troubled married life. During the counselling session with Dr. Heatley, the staff psychiatrist at the University of Texas Health Center, Charles stated about his fantasy of shooting people from the top of a tower. The doctor suggested him another session of counselling, but he did not care about that. He lost his life in an encounter with police on the campus of the University of Texas.