Janis Joplin’s Psychedelic Car From 1965: Photos Of Porsche 356c

60's rockstar Janis Joplin had not only an extraordinary voice – but also this stunning psychedelic Porsche 356c.

Porsche 356c: The psychedelic car of Janis Joplin

"I'm one of those regular weird people."


(Janis Joplin)

Porsche 356c: The psychedelic car of Janis Joplin
(Photos from the book: "Summer of Love" by Christoph Grunenberg)

Although Janis Joplin did own this psychedelic car, she wrote this song as a materialist society critic:

"…Oh lord, won't you buy me a mercedes benz? My friends all drive porsches, I must make amends. Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends, so lord, won't you buy me a mercedes benz…"

'Mercedes Benz', (also called 'The Politician') is an a cappella song by Janis Joplin, in which she asks the "Lord" to buy her a Mercedes-Benz, a color TV, and a "night on the town".

Joplin wrote 'Mercedes Benz' as a social critic on how people relate  money and material possessions to happiness. In the song she asks God to give her the things she has "earned".

"You got to get it while you can."


(Janis Joplin)

Shortly after recording this song, Janis Joplin died on 4th October 1970 at the age of only 27 years and hence is now seen to have become a member of the infamous '27 Club'. (Other well-known musicians who died at that age were Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison of The Doors, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, and in 2011, 17 years after Cobain's death, Amy Winehouse.)