May 15, 2009 – 6:54 am

Click on the panels for a better view or to download artwork - thanks to Erik.

Flexi Disc [Simon & Schuster, 1971]

In 1971, Janis Joplin fan and writer David Dalton wrote the book, Janis. What many fans do not realise is that the book comes with a flexi disc containing the following tracks:

Train Rap with Bonnie Bramlett (0:53)
Nobody Knows You when You’re Down and Out (2:32)
St. James Infirmary (3:02)
Walk Right in (2:00)
Vamp on Time (1:14)

However, there is no indication where the tracks come from.

Thanks to Vintage Vinyl Revival who shared these tracks on the net, fans now have a chance to listen to this recording.

As the tracks are taken from a flexi disc, the sound is a bit scratchy, with the usual pops and crackles but Joplin’s voice is very audible. Vintage Vinyl Revival has also merged the five tracks into one track and sampled it at 128 kbps.

In 1984, Dalton wrote a follow-up book, Janis Joplin: Piece Of My Heart.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s.

This track is no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download it at a later date.

Track 01. Janis Joplin - Flexi Disc

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  1. 16 Responses to “JANIS JOPLIN - FLEXI DISC”

  2. Awesome find! thank you so much for sharing!!

    By Gabriel on May 15, 2009

  3. Train Rap with Bonnie Bramlett: Festival Express, 1970 (there´s a double dvd out named “Festival Express”; feat. Grateful Dead, Tom Rush, Janis Joplin (sic!) … http://www.a-film.nl/bioscoop/00000314/festival_express.html)
    Nobody Knows You when You’re Down and Out, St. James Infirmary and Walk Right in: recorded at Threadgill´s Bar, Austin, Texas, 1962
    Vamp on Time: Festival Express, 1970

    That´s what the flexi disc says.
    Thank´s for the good stuff you are sharing - peace

    By Bert on May 15, 2009

  4. very cool. Thanx

    By Timmy on May 16, 2009

  5. I have this book and the disc…for sale…

    By sluggo on May 18, 2009

  6. Thank you so very much for sharing this - I have been looking for a long time, and I really appreciate you and your blog!!!!!

    By Sharon Hickok on May 19, 2009

  7. Hi anybody out there tell me what this flexi disc is,..dated 1982,The oakland athletic baseball Co, Billy Ball, A”s. Regards Mike.

    By Mike UK on May 24, 2009

  8. Interesting to see this was such a hit across the internet. Glad everyone is enjoying!

    I came across the flexi-disc separately from the book, so it’s cool to see the additional info. The tracks were recorded as one, direct from the flexi-disc, so play the same as would the disc itself.

    Thanks for the credit on the re-post. Keep it up.

    By Vintage Vinyl Revival on Aug 25, 2009

  9. on may 18 , 2009 I wrote that I have this book and disc for sale.
    still do !

    By sluggo on Nov 2, 2011

  10. I got it too sluggo- got it for a dollar at a book store!

    By matt_the_cat on Nov 5, 2011

  11. darn..I hate to lower my asking price from $1.50…

    By sluggo on Nov 5, 2011

  12. i know but there is a hard core jj fan somewhere who will pony up.Besides I failed to mention i bought this some 20 + years ago,lol

    By matt_the_cat on Nov 6, 2011

  13. sluggo.. I’ll give you 50 cents for the book and flexi-disk.

    By janusjopleen on Mar 25, 2012

  14. Thanks to Erik for the artwork.

    By bigozine2 on May 21, 2012

  15. Well considering you ripped off the tracks from my Flexidisc I think you could’ve mentioned my name little more prominently–like on the first page. But I’m glad you copied it anyway because since me mum died I don’t know anyone who has a copy of the book, including me, with the Flexidisc still in it. The interview track comes from a tape I made doing the Rolling Stone interview with Janis and the music tracks Chet Flippo the country music writing duded to sent me. Being naïve and ignorant I didn’t know you needed any permission to do this sort of thing fortunately nobody sued me or even yelled at me. I would guess that Chet got the tracks either fro Janis’s mom or from Kenneth Threadgill, the bar owner of Threadgills where Janis first got her chops. Chet crossed over in 2013, he was a great ol’ country music scribbler and a snarly ol coot on occasion. If you wanna read about him I put his CMT obit at the bottom. I’d like to wrap on about great what a great gal Janis was And as soulful as the Rio Grande but you can hear that there on that thar on the tape yeah?
    Yrs in a nutshell,
    David Dalton


    By David Dalton on Jan 8, 2016

  16. Hello David

    Thanks for your note and for all your efforts.

    By bigozine2 on Jan 9, 2016

  17. Thanks BigO! David, the book is one of my favorites. I still have a copy with the flexi attached

    By Walter on Jan 10, 2016

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