Friday, February 27, 2015

Lord, Won'tcha Buy Me a...Psychedelic Porsche?


By 1968, Janis Joplin had the means for some rock star transportation, and spent $3500 for a 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet. The plain-Jane paint job wasn't her vibe, however, and she promptly asked friend (and Big Brother roadie), Dave Richards, for something more dramatic. Richards succeeded in creating nothing less than a four-wheeled icon of the psychedelic era. The Porsche is painted in vivid colors, and covered with day-glo flowers, cartoon butterflies, representations of astrology, nature, and even a group portrait of Big Brother and the Holding Company. This Porsche was hard to miss, and it quickly became associated with the star. If you saw the 356, you knew that Janis wasn't far. Fans would leave notes under the wipers everywhere it was parked. 



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