During his brief career, Joplin wrote over 40 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas.
One of his first pieces, the "Maple Leaf Rag" (1899) has been recognized as the archetypal rag and influenced subsequent rag composers for at least 12 years thanks to its rhythmic patterns, melody lines, and harmony.
The song is considered to be a rejection of consumerism.
The lyrics were inspired by the first line of a song written by San Francisco beat poet Michael Mc Clure, "Come on, God, and buy me a Mercedes Benz." Joplin heard it sung by a friend of Mc Clure's, and she began to sing it, too.
The New York Times raved that A Night with Janis Joplin “rocks the house” and Variety called it “electrifying.” “A Night With Janis Joplin” will rock your world!
” said the Los Angeles Times The Washington Post proclaimed it “Exhilarating…
Now, Colorado Springs is invited to share an evening with the woman and her musical influences in the hit musical A Night With Janis Joplin at Pikes Peak Center on October 7.
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In 2003, Joplin's recording was remixed, adding a beat and a background melody.
The remixed version was included on collections of Joplin's greatest hits.