American Masters – Janis: Little Girl Blue

American Masters – Janis: Little Girl Blue

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 8:00pm

Pictured: Janis Joplin

Credit: Courtesy of Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images

One of the most revered and influential rock ’n’ roll singers of all time, Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970) thrilled audiences and blazed new creative trails before her death at age 27. Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg examines Joplin’s story in depth in American Masters – Janis: Little Girl Blue, airing Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 8 p.m. on WXXI World.

Janis: Little Girl Blue features a never-before-seen extended film cut with additional archival performance footage and new interviews with Joplin’s sister Laura Joplin and musicians influenced by Janis: Alecia Moore (a.k.a. Pink), Juliette Lewis, Melissa Etheridge and the film’s narrator, Chan Marshall, who is best known as indie rock star Cat Power. In tribute, she performs “A Woman Left Lonely” from Joplin’s final studio album Pearl, released posthumously on January 11, 1971. This year marks the album’s 45th anniversary.