MAN ABOUT TOWN

Chris Erskine's take on 'Janis Joplin' show in Pasadena

Cue the funeral dirge. Joplin's time in the limelight would last only about four years.

I'm left with the feeling that this Janis Joplin was great, but she was certainly no Beyoncé. Joplin never had her own line of perfume, for example, no line of skin care products.

She couldn't swing on a trapeze like Pink, or floozy around like Katy Perry.

Joplin left us with only the hair whip, which I think she invented, and those crazy tinted granny glasses. And a seismic sound that will be playing in the better bars at 1 a.m. for the next hundred years.

And finally, this aside:

Love the young people, as Letterman would say, though they seem to suffer from some sort of technical alcoholism — Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, MeTube.

Joplin hailed from a generation of guitar players. We now have a generation of thumb clickers.

So what music will they be celebrating 40 years from now?

Quick, barkeep, another round.

chris.erskine@latimes.com

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