Some months ago, we released through this newsletter, an etching edition of Crumb's Janis Joplin. The 50 print edition sold out very quickly without ever being available to the general public. However, we have many customers who don't use a computer or aren't signed up with the newsletter and they would be disappointed, and some even upset, if they never had the opportunity to purchase this image. So, in an effort to offer them this image of Janis without offending those that have purchased and invested in the etching edition, we have created a new 100 print serigraph edition of Janis. It's sized slightly larger, it's embossed with the publisher's chop and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, written by Crumb. For those of you who have purchased the etching and will not be buying the serigraph, this is what Crumb has written about Janis on the serigraph edition's Certificate of Authenticity:
Yeah, Janis, she was my buddy—poor thing. She was a very talented, gifted singer, but she got sidetracked by fame and her life went into a disastrous tailspin. In her last days she was surrounded by sycophants and music business hustlers just full of bad advice for her. She was young and, in spite of her tough, hard drinking exterior, she was innocent. She just wanted to please the crowds, who got excited when she screamed and stomped her feet and carried on histrionically on stage. The crowd loves a good show. The drawing of her that you have here is a remake of an earlier drawing I did of her back in 1969 when she was still alive. It presents this screaming showbiz Janis as she came to present herself to the public, the Janis that sweated blood to please the crowds. But personally, I think she was a better singer years before that, when she sang old time Country music and Blues in small clubs. She was great then, a natural born country girl shouter and wailer in the good old-time way. Just my opinion.
-R. Crumb November, '08
The white BFK Rives 280 gram serigraph edition paper is 12 x 15 inches.
The image is 7 x 9.5. Numbered edition of 100.
Signed by Robert Crumb.