By 1968, Janis Joplin started to get some money in the bank from her live shows, and paid a Beverly Hills car dealer $3500 for a ’65 Porsche 356c Cabriolet. The original white paint job didn’t really suit her, so she promptly asked band roadie Dave Richards for something more dramatic. He nailed it.
In this clip, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum curatorial director Howard Kramer shares the full story behind 1995 Hall of Fame inductee Janis Joplin’s famously psychedelic automobile. The car is among the featured artifacts at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.