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A Promoter's Last Rock Concert: Janis Joplin

STORY BY: Ruth Gesser
YEAR: 1968
LOCATION: Montreal, QC

Ruth is the widow of Sam Gesser, who presented shows in Montreal and all across Canada for many years. The last rock show he presented was Janis Joplin, and it traumatized him so much, he only produced in theatres after that. Janis was to play at the old Montreal Forum, and Sam went to pick her up at the airport. She kept asking for "more cops", but onstage that night - with lines of police along the front of the stage - she said "what are all these pigs doing here?" Thanks for sharing, Ruth.


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