Finding inspiration in the library

Janis Joplin in 1969

Janis Joplin found her inspiration reading about the blues in her local library

The Library of Congress has been working to digitize interviews that broadcaster Studs Terkel did with prominent musicians.  There is a lot of fascinating material in this collection, including interviews with Oscar Peterson and Bob Dylan.

The one that caught our interest, though, was Janis Joplin talking about how she was inspired by Bessie Smith and other blues singers, and how she “started reading books on the blues that I found in the library.”  Take a listen:

 

Thanks to the Library of Congress and its partners, you can find a number of Studs’ interviews, with musicians and other notable interviewees, available for streaming online.

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