Considered by many the most influential woman on the planet, Oprah Winfrey is not only a celebrated author, television host, philanthropist, media mogul, and inspiration to millions, but she is also a great speaker. Her life, her journey, her opinions, and her suggestions about how we can live a better and more fulfilled life have been crafted into a live show and this Wednesday in Melbourne, Australia, Oprah will take it to the stage, bringing her personal story and insights in a one-of-a-kind intimate evening. It is with extreme pride that we announce the appointment of Perryscope as tour merchandiser for Oprah Winfrey's first ever tour of Australia and New Zealand arenas which commences in Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena. Additional cities include Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland, New Zealand.This tour marks her first appearance in New Zealand. Promoters Michael Cohl of Iconic Entertainment Studios and Paul Dainty of the Dainty Group will produce the events.
Perryscope Productions has been retained by JAM, Inc, which manages of the Estate of Janis Joplin, to develop a new comprehensive, global merchandising, licensing and retail program for Janis Joplin.
The announcement of the multi-year agreement was made today by Norman Perry, President of Perryscope Productions.
“Janis Joplin was one of the most iconic and celebrated singers of her time; instantly recognizable by both her voice and unique style, which remains as relevant today as it did in the 60s. We feel our myriad of global distribution partners and specialty licensees will be able to offer cutting edge fashion and lifestyle products and accessories to retailers in all tiers. We look forward to celebrating her legacy with original fans and emerging ones.” said Perry said today in a statement.
Jeff Jampol, President of JAM, Inc, said, "Janis Joplin's music is inspirational to millions across the globe. She is sheer magic. Janis represents something eternal - a humanity, a vulnerability, and an honesty - that people seem to be looking for, and instantly identify with."
Known for her explosive live performances including searing sets at the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock, Joplin has remained the Queen of Rock and Blues long after her untimely death at 27.
The Port Arthur Texas Native was first put on the map as a vocalist with San Francisco-based Big Brother and the Holding Company, where Joplin’s vocals on Piece of My Heart and remarkable cover of the Gershwin classic Summertime helped their 1968 LP Cheap Thrills reach the #1 spot on the album charts, selling over 1 million copies in a month.
Going on to form her own solo group, the Kozmic Blues Band, in 1969, Joplin released I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, which immediately went gold. That same year she gave an iconic performance at the Woodstock Festival. In 1970 she assembled a new backup group, the Full Tilt Boogie Band where in 1970 she joined the Grateful Dead, The Band, and other artists for the Festival Express railroad tour through Canada. Her landmark final album Pearl, which featured such iconic songs as Me and Bobby McGee and Mercedes Benz, showed Joplin’s mastery of virtually all pop genres. The quadruple-platinum album became the top-selling release of Joplin’s career and was ranked amongst Rolling Stone’s “Greatest Albums Of All Time.”
Still a staple on classic rock radio throughout the world, Joplin’s legacy has remained both current and relevant, having inspired many of the newer female performers today. In 1995 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and posthumously given a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement award in 2005. In 2014, the United States Post Office honored Joplin with a US Postage Forever stamp. Two live theatrical properties, Love, Janis and the Broadway hit musical A Night with Janis Joplin continue to tour the country to sold-out audiences. A documentary film directed by Amy Berg and produced by Alex Gibney and Jeff Jampol will be released in 2015.
About Jampol Artist Management, Inc:
Dedicated to the re-introduction of timeless art through modern means, JAM, Inc. develops, preserves, protects and enhances the work of iconic artists and reaches out to successive generations of music fans. Using new distribution channels, new technology, and other emerging resources, JAM, Inc. manages the recordings, images, writings and other creations of their clients in order to keep them circulating in the cultural bloodstream. Among JAM, Inc's clients are rock legends The Doors, Ramones, and the estates of Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, and Rick James. The firm also serves as consultant to the Estate of Michael Jackson.
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