- NAME: Janis Joplin
- OCCUPATION: Singer
- BIRTH DATE: January 19, 1943
- DEATH DATE: October 04, 1970
- Did You Know?: The 1979 Bette Midler film The Rose is loosely based on Janis Joplin's life.
- Did You Know?: The hit single "Me and Bobby McGee," from the posthumous album Pearl, was written by Janis Joplin's former lover, Kris Kristofferson.
- Did You Know?: Janis Joplin made television appearances with Ed Sullivan, Dick Cavett and Tom Jones.
- Did You Know?: A stained-glass window in San Antonio's Hard Rock Cafe pays tribute to Janis Joplin.
- Did You Know?: The cover of Cheap Thrills, Big Brother's 1968 album, was designed by famed underground cartoonist R. Crumb.
- EDUCATION: Thomas Jefferson High School, Lamar State College of Technology, Port Arthur College, University of Texas at Austin
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Port Arthur, Texas
- PLACE OF DEATH: Hollywood, California
- Full Name: Janis Lyn Joplin
- Nickname: First Lady of Rock 'n' Roll
- AKA: Janis Joplin
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Singer Janis Joplin rose to fame in the late 1960s and was known for her powerful, blues-inspired vocals. She died of an accidental drug overdose in 1970.
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Born on January 19, 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas, Janis Joplin developed a love of music at an early age, but her career didn't take off until she joined the band Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1966. Their 1968 album, Cheap Thrills, was a huge hit. However, friction between Joplin and the band prompted her to part ways with Big Brother soon after. Known for her powerful, blues-inspired vocals, Joplin released her first solo effort, I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!,
"You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That's what music is to me."
"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."
"You got to get it while you can."
"You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely."
in 1969. The album received mixed reviews, but her second project, Pearl (1971), released after Joplin's death, was a huge success. The singer died of an accidental overdose on October 4, 1970, at age 27.
Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19, 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas. Breaking new ground for women in rock music, Joplin rose to fame in the late 1960s and became known for her powerful, blues-inspired vocals. She grew up in a small Texas town known for its connections to the oil industry with a skyline and dotted with oil tanks and refineries. For years, Joplin struggled to escape from this confining community, and spent even longer to trying to overcome her memories of her difficult years there.
Developing a love for music at an early age, Joplin sang in her church choir as a child and showed some promise as a performer. She was an only child until the age of 6, when her sister, Laura, was born. Four years later, her brother, Michael, arrived. Joplin was a good student and fairly popular until around the age of 14, when some side effects of puberty started to kick in. She got acne and gained some weight.
At Thomas Jefferson High School, Joplin began to rebel. She eschewed the popular girls' fashions of the late 1950s, often choosing to wear men's shirts and tights, or short skirts. Joplin, who liked to stand out from the crowd, became the target of some teasing as well as a popular subject in the school's rumor mill. She was called a "pig" by some, while others said that she was sexually promiscuous.
Joplin eventually developed a group of guy friends who shared her interest in music and the Beat Generation, which rejected the standard norms and emphasized creative expression (Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg were two of the Beat movement's leading figures).
Musically, Janis Joplin and her friends gravitated toward blues and jazz, admiring such artists as Lead Belly. Joplin was also inspired by legendary blues vocalists Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Odetta, an early leading figure in the folk music movement. The group frequented local working-class bars in the nearby town of Vinton, Louisiana. By her senior year of high school, Joplin had developed a reputation as a ballsy, tough-talking girl who like to drink and be outrageous.
After graduating from high school, Joplin enrolled at Lamar State College of Technology in the neighboring town of Beaumont, Texas. There, she devoted more time to hanging out and drinking with friends than to her studies.
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American society experienced a revolution in the late 1960s and early 70s, especially for African-Americans and women. Janis Joplin was the finest white blues singer of her generation; female singer-songwriters like Carole King and Joni Mitchell shared their innermost thoughts and feelings; Aretha Franklin emerged as the Queen of Soul; and Bonnie Raitt established herself as both a strong vocalist and a brilliant guitarist. Through their music, the women of this era created the soundtrack of social progress.
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