Janis Joplin's Backstage Pass


Janis Joplin/Woodstock '69


Backstage Performer Pass


Experience of any concert


Runs on whiskey


Flipping in hand

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Date of Collection

October 1987



Janis Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who sang rock, soul and blues music. One of the most successful and widely known rock stars of her era, she was noted for her powerful mezzo-soprano vocals and "electric" stage presence.

In 1967, Joplin rose to fame following an appearance at Monterey Pop Festival, where she was the lead singer of the then little-known San Francisco psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. After releasing two albums with the band, she left Big Brother to continue as a solo artist with her own backing groups, first the Kozmic Blues Band and then the Full Tilt Boogie Band. She appeared at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour.

Joplin died of an accidental heroin overdose in 1970 at age 27, after releasing three albums.


Absorbing the energy of the inaugural Woodstock, the backstage performers pass allows the holder to astral-project to any concert they choose, as long as it occurred at some point during their life. Location of venue does not matter, and they cannot interact wit the band or audience during the event.

Concerts start at the moment the band (or warm-up act) arrive on-stage, and once the last song is performed the user will be launched back to their own time, their body remaining alive but unresponsive until their return. During the concert, the user will be able to see the crowd around them, but will be unable to focus on the individual people or surroundings.

When the artifact de-activates, the user will feel an intense and nauseating exhaustion that will persist until they drink an entire bottle of whiskey, though the size of the bottle and how full it needs to be seem to vary wildly depending on the destination.

Felix's NotesEdit

"Mostly doing this on behalf of Pete and Claudia, who both want to know if the "downside" can be mitigated or outright avoided.

It seems, based on old reports and personal testing, that the amount of whiskey needed to alleviate the effects depends not only on the genre, length and temporal distance of the concert, but also the age of the user. People under the age of 27 (assumed, based on limited testing and the death of the creator) seem to require more whiskey in general to alleviate the effects, while those over that age suffer more from the "withdrawal" downside but require less alcohol.

It is possible, however, to skip the majority of the downside. If the pass is taken from the user as soon as they "travel" and placed into whiskey, the artifact itself seems to slowly absorb it and will refuel itself in that way, bypassing the need for a human conduit. This does not stop the exhaustion cause, though, and that effect persists until the artifact has consumed all of the whiskey it requires. As such, this artifact has been approved for use by the Regents both for recreation and for scouting momentous concerts for possible artifact creation points."

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