New Janis Joplin Photo Book Coming From Elliott Landy

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Janis Joplin will be the subject of a new book, Photographs of Janis Joplin On the Road & On Stage. The 196-page book features iconic images of the music legend as well as 100 never-before-published photos, all from acclaimed photographer Elliott Landy. The title is featured in a Kickstarter campaign that runs through December 21, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The book is planned for an early 2022 publishing date.

The photographs are accompanied by Joplin’s candid thoughts taken from conversations and interviews recorded by David Dalton, a founding editor of Rolling Stone, while on tour with Janis in 1970. Landy’s photographs portray Joplin’s public and private lives, offering an intimate behind-the-scenes glance at her brief yet groundbreaking years of fame.

Janis Joplin at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, one of the iconic photos that will be featured in the book and available as a signed litho (Photo © Elliott Landy. Used with permission)

From the announcement: The hardcover book will measure 10×10 inches, beautifully printed on heavyweight paper with 129 photos.

Supporters of the Kickstarter campaign will receive a variety of unique rewards, which include signed copies of the book ($75), fine art prints signed by Landy (starting at $360), lithos signed by Landy ($125), and more at discounted pricing. Full details are HERE.

Landy notes: “I photographed Janis in 1968 and 1969 and over the years I’ve used maybe 15 or 20 of the photographs in various publications. Until I began putting this book together I didn’t realize how many other great photos I had. We looked at every negative and slide I took of her. The text was selected from extensive recordings of conversations and interviews with Janis made by David Dalton during the last year of her life. We matched her words with my photographs to provide a personal insight into her life and career, creating a unique look at Janis.”

Janis Joplin in the Performer’s Pavilion at the 1969 Woodstock Festival (Photo © Elliott Landy. Used with permission)

Landy is best known for his classic rock photographs. His celebrated works feature portraits of Bob Dylan (including the Nashville Skyline album cover), The Band (the Music From Big Pink and The Band album covers), Joplin, Van Morrison (the Moondance album cover), Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and The Who. He was the official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

Landy’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide and published on covers of major U.S. and international magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Life, Rolling Stone, and the Saturday Evening Post. He has published 11 books of his photographs including, The Band Photographs, 1968-1969, which was the highest funded photographic book in Kickstarter history at that time.

He is also the architect of a new App, LandyVision® which blends still and moving imagery with music to create a new type of interactive sound and visual experience.

Related: We spoke with Landy about the day he shot Dylan’s Nashville Skyline album cover

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  1. Cisley
    #1 Cisley 24 November, 2021, 12:50

    Wow, sounds fantastic. I just had to back the project and so looking forward to the book.

    I first saw Janis Joplin with Big Brother at Sac State. A group of young people got together and had concerts in the gym. It was fantastic. I went with a male friend and we were both just so blown away by Janis. That voice, those moves, that music. It was all that and so much more. What a time to be young, in CA and loving music. It was all so magical.

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  2. pink
    #2 pink 26 November, 2021, 09:09

    Mr Elliott. Were you at the 50th of Woodstock? If you were I met you a couple of times there. Believe we brought a couple of your photos.
    Thanks for the memories.

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