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Big Mama Thornton died on this day thirty years ago. Here she is in one of her last performances, singing the song she wrote but that Janis Joplin made famous, “Ball ‘n’ Chain.”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.