On Nov. 16, 1969, Janis Joplin played a concert in Tampa, FL. During her show, a…

Written by on November 16, 2017


On Nov. 16, 1969, Janis Joplin played a concert in Tampa, FL. During her show, a policemen tried to use a bullhorn to control a crowd that had left their seats and begun to move around. Janis was not happy about it and said to the officer “Don’t fuck with those people! Hey, mister, what’re you so uptight about? Did you buy a $5 ticket?” The officer responds by telling the Janis to inform her crowd that they need to be seated, she replies, “I’m not telling them shit.”

When Janis left the stage after the concert, she called the officer a “son of a bitch” and threatening to kick his face in.

When she got to her dressing room, she was arrested on a charge of publicly using “vulgar and indecent language.”

She taken into custody, booked and had her ‘mug shot’ taken. She had to post a $504 bail to be released.

The charges were later dropped. Here is her mug shot from that night. You will see it says ’17’ for the day but also notice it was just after midnight when these pictures were taken.

A Rock Star having problems with the police in Florida in the late 60’s. Who woulda thunk….




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