Janis Joplin Trashed A Plane To Protest The Rolling Stones, Mark Farner Explains

The British Invasion that took over the U.S. in the 60s was no small feat. Apparently, some musicians, including Janis Joplin, were not fans of the era. Grand Funk Railroad bassist Mark Ferner shared the story of their journey in a helicopter that turned into mockery for The Rolling Stones on Rock History Music:

“It was the opposite to me and my friend Janice Joplin because we spoke of this as she was smearing chocolate all over the seats of a helicopter that The Rolling Stones would use next. This is the truth; this is the story, brother; she did not like them because we would sit and have this conversation, ‘British Invasion, my ass. Those guys, singing in American English because we are the only ones free, those guys are born subjects to the crown, they’re born subject to assholes…’ we’re I’m going, ‘Yeah baby talk to me.'”

Farner recalled Joplin’s attitude over these bands like The Rolling Stones that made it across the pond; he added:

“She’s smearing this chocolate all over these plush seats in this helicopter that’s been done up like a motorhome inside, and that’s back when Mick [Jagger] wore those white satin pants, you know, the ones with the big brown stain on the back. It was Florida hotter than the sheriff’s pistol, brother, and I’m talking that melted chocolate; there’s no way they could have avoided sitting in it.”

For some, like Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter, the Invasion was the best thing to happen to American musicians. In an interview with Guitar World last summer, the guitarist shared his two cents on getting musicians back to their roots, where he said:

“The Brits turned around and said, ‘Hold on, have you ever heard of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Muddy Waters?’ The Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, and all these bands said, ‘Hey, let us reintroduce you to your roots.’ I think they did American musicians a huge favor.”

You can watch the interview below.