FlashbackFriday! Janis Joplin’s Psychedelic 1964 Porsche 356c Cabriolet

FlashbackFriday!

Janis Joplin’s Psychedelic 1964 Porsche 356c Cabriolet

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Janis Joplin’s Porsche 356c Cabriolet in the Lobby of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live

Janis Joplin purchased a used 1964 Porsche 356c Cabriolet for $3500 from Beverly Hills car dealer Estes-Zipper in 1968. She paid Dave Richards, one of her roadies, $500 to give the Porsche a psychedelic face lift. Completed in one month and titled “The History of the Universe.” The car and its paint job (a base coat of Candy Apple Red with portraits of Big Brother and the Holding Company, her astrological sign Capricorn, “The Eye of God” design on the hood, butterflies, jellyfish and a Northern California scene on the side doors) became one of the most recognizable vehicles in San Francisco.

The Porsche was stolen in 1969 and partially repainted before being found.  When the stolen car was recovered, the paint job was restored because they were able to remove the new paint from the clearcoat with little damage to the original artwork underneath.

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Janis Lyn Joplin aka “Pearl” RIP (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970)

After Janis’ death in 1970, the car was used by her manager Albert Grossman. And then in 1973 ownership of the car went to her siblings, Michael and Laura Joplin in Ohio, who shared it for about 30 years. Michael rebuilt the original engine and returned the car to the original dolphin gray color (although some say it was originally oyster white). Working from photographs, artists Jana Mitchell and Amber Owen, restored Dave’s original artwork in 1990 and the 4-speed manual transmission was rebuilt and restored. The family loaned the Porsche to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when Janis was inducted in 1995 and it was exhibited in museums until 2015. We saw it and took the above photograph in the Lobby of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live in Los Angeles in 2013 (see our previous Blog).

NOTE: Dec. 10, 2015 – A 1964 Porsche 356 that once belonged to the rock singer Janis Joplin sold at auction for $1.76 million (the highest price ever paid for any Porsche 356 at auction). The car had been expected to sell for between $400,000 and $600,000. The sale price includes a 10% commission for Sotheby’s auction house. According to the family, the proceeds from the auction will be used to support social programs in Janis’s memory.

“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.”

Sotheby’s did not say who bought Janis’ car and the buyer has not come forward.

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Janis’ Porsche at the “Driven by Disruption” Auction at Sotheby’s

 

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GRATEFUL DEAD! 50 YEARS!

GRATEFUL DEAD! 50 YEARS! “What a long, strange trip it’s been!”

GRATEFUL DEAD * 50 YEARS!

GRATEFUL DEAD * 50 YEARS!

50 years ago, Dec 4, 1965: Jerry, Bob, Phil, Bill & Pigpen first played music as the Grateful Dead, the house band for Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster’s Acid Test in San Jose, California!

Can You Pass the Acid Test? Nov 27, 1965 in Santa Cruz, CA

Can You Pass the Acid Test? Nov 27, 1965 at Ken Babbs’ Chicken Farm

“This is a One-of-A-Kind Poster, hand drawn, and not mass distributed for the event. It is likely the only one made, or at least, the only one that survived. At this point in the early acid test days, Posters and handbills were not being used to advertise events. Instead, small Posters were placed up in local coffee shops and hangouts around town, of which there were several up and down the bay, but the most prominent of these was a little place called the Catalyst. At the time, it was a lively coffee shop, but now it has moved up the street and small bands play there, as it has been turned into a club. This particular item was taken down by someone from the Catalyst Coffee Shop at the time. I spoke to Lee Quarnstrom, who worked at the Hip Pocket Bookstore in ’65, and lived at the Spread, and attended the event. Lee stated something extremely revealing to me in a private conversation when I visited with him. Lee stated, “The Hip Pocket Bookstore and the Catalyst were connected together. A person could walk from one to the other without ever going outside or leaving the building.” This statement reveals a lot. What it means is that this Poster could be the main advertising and only advertising for the first Acid Test event, besides the sign Norman Hartweg tacked onto the board that belonged to Babbs. Or maybe this was the sign? Either way, in my opinion, this is the most important piece of Acid Test history to survive. Truly Miraculous!”

From Postertrip.com: The Acid Test Chronicles
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“Never Trust a Prankster!”

The next acid test took place fifty years ago in the wee hours of Dec. 4, 1965 at Big Nig’s house, a rambling old Edwardian near downtown San Jose, after the Rolling Stones had played a show at the San Jose Civic Auditorium, a 3000 seat venue built in 1934, with the Dead and Kesey’s gang in attendance. After the Stones’ concert, the Pranksters passed out Crayon-lettered handbills for a house party. Their cryptic message was a street address and the words: “Can YOU Pass the Acid Test?” About 300 to 400 people showed up and the Grateful Dead played until the police broke up the party.

“NO LEFT TURN UNSTONED!”

The First Acid Tests in 1965
    • 27 November; Santa Cruz (Ken Babbs’ Chicken Farm in Soquel), California (first performance by the Grateful Dead, still known as the Warlocks)
    • 4 December; San Jose (Big Nig’s House near downtown), California
    • 11 December; Muir Beach, California
    • 18 December, Palo Alto, California
    • 24 December; Portland, Oregon

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Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary! Wave that Flag!

Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary! Wave that Flag!

 

Dancing in the Streets - Haight Ashbury 1967

Dancing in the Streets – Haight Ashbury 1967

The Grateful Dead early 70s

The Grateful Dead early 70s – What’s Jerry holding?

The Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen Raceway, New York July 28, 1973

The Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen Raceway, New York July 28, 1973

The Grateful Dead Movie 1977 directed by Jerry Garcia

The Grateful Dead Movie 1977 directed by Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia - Egypt 1978

Jerry Garcia – Egypt 1978

From "High Times" 1980

From “High Times” 1980 – Warfield Theatre & Radio City Music Hall

KLOS 95.5 FM - UCLA Pauley Pavillion 1982

Grateful Dead KLOS 95.5 FM – UCLA Pauley Pavillion 1982

Happy New Year! Balloon Drop San Francisco Civic Auditorium 1983

Happy New Year! Balloon Drop 1983 at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium

Grateful Dead ticket stubs (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Great Shows! Some of My Grateful Dead Ticket Stubs (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Remember cassette tapes?

Good Ol’ Grateful Dead! Remember cassette tapes? Still have these…

Grateful Dead Twenty Years So Far 1965-1985

Grateful Dead Twenty Years So Far 1965-1985

Jerry Garcia 1991

Jerry Garcia with the Grateful Dead 1991

Happy Jerry Day!

Dio de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2015

The Dead - Live at the Forum in Los Angeles 2009

An Evening With The Dead – Live at the Forum in Los Angeles May 9, 2009

UC Santa Cruz McHenry Library - Grateful Dead Special Collection - Jerry Garcia's Hand

UC Santa Cruz McHenry Library – Grateful Dead Archive Special Collection – Jerry Garcia’s Hand

UC Santa Cruz McHenry Library - Grateful Dead Special Collection

University of California, Santa Cruz – McHenry Library’s Grateful Dead Archive Special Collection

"The Fiddler" Stained Glass at the UCSC Grateful Dead Special Collection in Santa Cruz

“The Fiddler” Stained Glass at the UCSC Grateful Dead Special Collection in Santa Cruz

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“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art! – Get a FREE TICKET to the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz!

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art! (for the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz, California)

Just a little Sunday afternoon doodle and I get a FREE TICKET to the Museum! Haven’t done any envelope art in a very long time….

Pencil, Ink, Highlighters and Sharpies on White #10 Envelope:

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“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center
705 Front Street • Santa Cruz • CA • 95060 • (831) 429-1964

Grateful Dead Fanmail Contest:

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Dear Jerry Exhibition: May 1 – August 23, 2015

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UPDATE! 19 June 2015 – email received from Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History!

Congratulations! We received your decorated envelope and you have won two free passes to the MAH and our Dear Jerry Exhibition. Your envelope was also chosen as one of our favorite entrees, so you have also won a copy of “Dead Letters” by Paul Grushkin. All will be available to pick up at will call (the museum front desk 🙂

Fare thee well,
Marcus

Marcus Frost
Director of Development & Communications
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
831.429.1964 x7031


UPDATE 15 September 2015 – I visited the museum on my August Road Trip to pick it up, but the book had been put in an office for safekeeping and could not be found, so they mailed it to me yesterday. I also walked into an amazing flower show at the museum on the day I was there!

Road Trip! MAH - Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center in Santa Cruz

MAH! Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center in Santa Cruz

Thank you! Thank you MAH!

"Dead Letters" Book by Paul Grushkin

“Dead Letters” Book by Paul Grushkin

When I was in Santa Cruz, I was able to get a few “Dear Jerry” promotional postcards too.

MAH "Dear Jerry" Postcard - front

MAH Museum of Art & History “Dear Jerry” Postcard – front

MAH "Dear Jerry" Postcard - front

MAH Museum of Art & History “Dear Jerry” Postcard – back

From the book: Bob Thomas RIP – A page from Paul Grushkin’s “Dead Letters”

Bob Thomas RIP - A page from Paul Grushkin's "Dead Letters"

Bob Thomas RIP – A page from Paul Grushkin’s “Dead Letters”

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