* JOPLIN, Janis (1943-1970). Autograph letter signed ("J"), to Peter J. de Blanc, Port Arthur, n.d. [envelope postmarked 3 September 1965].
2 pages, 4to, original hand-addressed envelope.
"So baby, where are you? Brooklyn?!"
Joplin hitchhiked to San Francisco in 1963, and soon after began performing in coffee shops; in 1965, she and Peter de Blanc began their intense relationship. By May 1965, Joplin's drug habit had whittled her down to 88 pounds, and she returned home to Port Arthur, Texas, and shortly thereafter, de Blanc returned to New York. The two maintained a correspondence through the summer and fall of that year. In Texas, Joplin re-enrolled at Lamar College, and planned to pursue a teaching degree with the intent to settle down. She and de Blanc got engaged, but by the fall, he broke off the engagement. In May 1966, Joplin returned to San Francisco, where she joined Big Brother & The Holding Company, and by June 1967, after the band's appearance at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival in California, she was a star.
"I just called you and now I've had a little cry & here I am writing you another g-ddam letter & you aren't even f-cking reading them anyway probably...Oh, f-ck you, call me please, convince me, I love you so Peter, just convince me. Guess I'll go cry a little more & then mail these letters - this one (#10) from last night you might enjoy...I love you."
Estimate $ 2,500-3,500
Property from the Robert L. McKay Collection, North Tustin, California