3 Sheets To The Wind, Janis Joplin Rocks Woodstock With Her Most Career Defining Performance Yet
“I Was Three Sheets To The Wind.”
If this iconic Woodstock performance was Janis Joplin at her self-perceived “worst,” then I can’t even begin to imagine how fantastic she would have been if she’d gone onstage sober. In fact, I think the universe may have actually imploded with the sheer force of how phenomenal the power behind her voice was.
Nevertheless, Janis took the stage at Woodstock on August 16, 1969 after having shot up heroin with friend Peggy Caserta in between swigs of Southern Comfort, and was “three sheets to the wind” by the time she began the powerhouse performance that would come to define her short, albeit transformative career.
Fun Fact: Janis didn’t actually become nervous until the helicopter ride to the festival site where she looked out and saw a sea of roughly 400,000 people.
Performing hits like ‘Move Over’ and ‘Cry Baby,’ the world was forever changed when Janis Joplin stepped off the stage after her 10-song set that morning. Yes, she’d become a household name with Big Brother and the Holding Company at Monterey a few years earlier, but it was her performance at Woodstock that turned her into a cultural icon. She may have been “three sheets to the wind,” but that day, Janis Joplin set the bar impossibly high – and no one’s been able to come close to her almost supernatural gift.