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Port Arthur, Texas, USA
Place of Death
Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death
Blues-Rock, Album Rock, Hard Rock
Cathartic, Bravado, Greasy, Visceral, Rowdy, Rousing, Passionate, Intense, Gritty, Warm, Reckless, Brash, Rollicking, Bittersweet, Freewheeling, Rambunctious, Raucous, Sexual, Confident, Street-Smart, Confrontational
Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970), nicknamed "Pearl", was an American rock, soul and blues singer and songwriter, and one of the most successful and widely-known female rock stars of her era. After releasing three albums, she died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. A fourth album, Pearl, was released in January 1971, just over three months after her death. It reached number one on the Billboard charts.
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Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary`s Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta, Leadbelly and Bessie Smith). After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School, she attended Lamar State College and the University of Texas, where she played auto-harp in Austin bars. A fraternity voted her the Ugliest Man on Campus in 1963, and she spent two years traveling, performing and becoming drug-addicted. Back home in 1966, her friend Chet Helms suggested she become lead singer for Big Brother and the Holding Company, an established Haight-Ashbury band consisting of guitarists James Gurley and Sam Andrew, bassist Peter Albin and drummer Dave Getz). She got wide recognition through the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, highlights of which were released in Monterey Pop (1968), and with the band`s landmark second album, "Cheap Thrills". She formed her "Kosmic Blues Band" the following year and achieved still further recognition as a solo performer at Woodstock in 1969, highlights released in Woodstock (1970). In the spring of 1970, she sang with the "Full Tilt Boogie Band" and, on October 4 of that year, she was found dead in Hollywood`s Landmark Motor Hotel (now known as Highland Gardens Hotel) from a heroin-alcohol overdose the previous day. Her ashes were scattered off the coast of California. Her biggest selling album was the posthumously released "Pearl", which contained her quintessential song: "Me & Bobby McGee".
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Thomas Jefferson High School, Port Arthur, TX (1960)
University of Texas at Austin (early 1960s)
Full Name at Birth
Janis Lyn Joplin
Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin  (Alice Echols), Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin  (Myra Friedman), Love, Janis  (Laura Joplin), Pearl: The Obsessions and Passions of Janis Joplin  (Ellis Amburn), Living in the Dead Zone: Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison: Understanding Borderline Personality Disorders  (Gerald A. Faris), Janis Joplin: Take Another Little Piece of My Heart  (Edward Willett)
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Lamar State College
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Long brown flowing hair
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Blues Rock, Soul, Psychedelic Rock, Acid Rock, Country, Jazz Blues
Vocals, Guitar, Autoharp, Harmonica, Piano, Percussion
Big Brother and the Holding Company, Kozmic Blues Band, Full Tilt Boogie Band, Grateful Dead, Kris Kristofferson
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Psychedelic Soul, Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock
Music Genre (Text)
Psychedelic rock, Soul, Blues
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