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The best white female rock singer from the 1960s, Janis Joplin was also an excellent blues singer, producing her materials her own with her wailing, raspy, supercharged emotional delivery. 1st increasing to stardom because the frontwoman for SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA psychedelic music group YOUR GOVERNMENT & the Keeping Company, she remaining the group in the past due ’60s for a short and unequal (though commercially effective) career like a single designer. Although she wasn’t usually supplied with the very best materials or most sympathetic music artists, her finest recordings, with both YOUR GOVERNMENT and on her behalf own, are a few of the most fascinating shows of her period. She also do very much to redefine the part of ladies in rock and roll with her assertive, sexually forthright persona and raunchy, electrifying on-stage existence. Joplin grew up in the tiny town of Slot Arthur, TX, and far of her following personal troubles and unhappiness continues to be related to her failure to squeeze in using the expectations from the traditional community. She’d been performing blues and folk music since her teenagers, playing sometimes in the middle-’60s with long term Jefferson Aircraft guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. There are many live pre-Big Sibling recordings (not really released until after her loss of life), reflecting the motivation of early blues performers like Bessie Smith, that demonstrate she was well on her behalf method to creating a personal design before starting up using the music group. She got recently been to California before shifting there completely in 1966, when she became a member of a attempting early SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA psychedelic group, YOUR GOVERNMENT & the Keeping Business. Although their loose, sometimes sloppy make of bluesy psychedelia got some charm, there may be without doubt that Joplin — who primarily didn’t also sing business lead on every one of the materials — was mainly responsible for raising them from the rates of the normal. She produced them popular on the 1967 Monterey Pop Celebration, where her spectacular edition of “Ball and String” (probably her absolute best efficiency) was captured on film. Following a debut in the Mainstream label, YOUR GOVERNMENT signed a administration cope with Albert Grossman and shifted to Columbia. Their second recording, Cheap Thrills, topped the graphs in 1968, but Joplin remaining the music group soon afterward, enticed from the potential customers of stardom like a single act. Joplin’s 1st album, I ACQUIRED Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Once again Mama!, was documented using the Kozmic Blues Music group, a device that included horns and maintained one among the music artists that experienced used her in YOUR GOVERNMENT (guitarist Sam Andrew). Though it was popular, it wasn’t her greatest work; the brand new music group, though more refined musically, had not been almost as sympathetic accompanists as YOUR GOVERNMENT, purveying a soul-rock groove which could audio forced. That isn’t to say this was totally unsuccessful, boasting among her signature music in “Try (Slightly Little bit Harder).” For a long time, Joplin’s life have been a roller coaster of medication dependency, alcoholism, and volatile personal associations, documented in a number of biographies. Musically, nevertheless, things were around the upswing soon before her loss of life, as she put together a better, even more versatile backing clothing, the entire Tilt Boogie Music group, for her last recording, Pearl (ably made by Paul Rothchild). Joplin was occasionally criticized for screeching at the trouble of subtlety, but Pearl was solid proof her development as an adult, varied stylist who could deal with blues, spirit, and folk-rock. “Mercedes Benz,” “OBTAIN IT WHEN YOU Can,” and Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee” are a few of her absolute best monitors. Tragically, she passed away prior to the album’s discharge, overdosing on heroin within a Hollywood resort in Oct 1970. “Me and Bobby McGee” became a posthumous number 1 one in 1971, and therefore the tune with which she actually is most frequently discovered.

Quick Facts


Full Name Janis Joplin
Date Of Birth January 19, 1943
Died October 4, 1970, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 1.65 m
Profession Songwriter, Singer-songwriter
Education Lamar University, Memorial High School, University of Texas at Austin
Nationality American
Parents Dorothy Joplin, Seth Joplin
Siblings Laura Joplinová, Michael Joplin
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Groups Big Brother and the Holding Company, Full Tilt Boogie Band, Kozmic Blues Band
Music Songs Me and Bobby McGee, Kozmic Blues, Piece of My Heart, Cry Baby, Ball and Chain, Summertime, Mercedes Benz, Maybe, To Love Somebody, Get It While You Can, Little Girl Blue, One Good Man, Tell Mama, Raise Your Hand, Try, Flower in the Sun, Move Over, Work Me, Lord, A Woman Left Lonely, Trouble in Mind, Turtle Blues, I Need a Man to Love, What Good Can Drinkin' Do, Bye Bye Baby, Buried Alive In The Blue, Women Is Losers, All Is Loneliness, Trust Me, Mary Jane, As Good as You've Been to This World, Catch Me Daddy, Hesitation Blues
Albums Pearl, I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, In Concert, Live at Winterland '68, The Typewriter Tape, The Woodstock Experience, Wicked Woman, Live in Amsterdam, 18 Essential Songs, Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits, Love, Janis, The Pearl Sessions, The Essential Janis Joplin, Farewell Song, Blow All My Blues Away, Rare Pearls, Box of Pearls: The Janis Joplin Collection, This Is Janis Joplin, Janis, Live in Honolulu, The TV Collection (Live), Magic Of Love, Live In The Netherlands 1969 - The Rare Amsterdam TV Broadcast, Janis Joplin the Original U.S. Tv Show Appearances 1969, 1970 (Doxy Collection, Remastered, Live on Broadcasting), Live at Woodstock: August 19, 1969, Live In Germany 1969 - The Rare Frankfurt TV Broadcast, Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1968, The Television Broadcast Sessions 1968 -1970, Move Over!, At Woodstock, The Very Best Of, Cry Baby (The Ultimate Collection), Hit Collection, Cheap Thrills / I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! / Pearl, Steel Box Collection: Greatest Hits, Playlist: The Best of Janis Joplin, The View I Never Forget, Les Indispensables, See See Rider (From the Beginning)
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Movies Janis: Little Girl Blue, The Doors: When You're Strange, Grandeur et décadence d'un petit commerce de cinéma, Free


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#Fact
1 Her passing was acknowledged in Don McLean's classic song "American Pie": "I met a girl who sang the blues/And I asked her for some happy news/But she just smiled and turned away.".
2 She was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 4, 2013.
3 Pictured on a USA nondenominated commemorative postage stamp in the Music Icons series, issued 8 August 2014. Price on day of issue was 49¢.
4 Along with Grace Slick, she was one of the first female rock stars and an important figure in the directed change of rock music in the late 1960s.
5 Died at 27 years old, making her a member of the "27 Club"; the 27 Club is a group of prominent musicians who died at the age of 27. Other members include The Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones, guitarist Jimi Hendrix, The Doors frontman Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
6 Played by Janelle Powers in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014).
7 Her good friend and former lover, Kris Kristofferson, has on numerous occasions stated that he is absolutely sure she did not commit suicide, but also believes that the course that Janis had chosen to take was a dangerous, self-destructive one, a fact of which he knows she was also aware.
8 The manual dexterity displayed during the very last moments of life (changing a five-dollar bill, using a cigarette machine and undressing despite drunkenness and expectation of a heroin high) was a lifelong trait. Biographer Myra Friedman was told by Joplin's parents that when they interacted with other new parents in Port Arthur, Texas in the 1940s, everyone noticed their first-born child's dexterity with eating utensils, drinking glasses and napkins. The Joplins often took their toddler to the homes of other new parents to demonstrate these motor skills. Regularly drove drunk in California (in her custom-built Porsche) during the last two years of her life. No accidents were ever reported (in newspapers or several biographies), and only one instance of getting pulled over is noted (in a book by Peggy Caserta, who claimed the officer recognized the singer and let her go with a warning). Only one known injury during a performance, which happened in College Park, Maryland and turned out to be a source of humor on The Dick Cavett Show (1968). Manual dexterity and the appearance of controlling her own destiny, no matter how drunk or stoned, diverted many people's attention from the possibility of imminent death. However, personal manager Albert Grossman expected it and (in June 1969) took out a $200,000 insurance policy on his client in case of accidental death. Grossman, famous for signing the young Bob Dylan, collected $112,000 from the San Francisco Associated Indemnity Corporation almost four years after his female client's "accident". During a three-week trial in the New York State Supreme Court, Grossman swore under oath he had not known in June 1969 that Joplin used heroin. He won the 1974 case against the insurer despite its efforts to prove Joplin's death had been a suicide.
9 Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen penned "Chelsea Hotel #2" about her.
10 Was high school classmates, in Port Arthur, with former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, who gave her her nickname "Beat Weeds".
11 The character Frankie Hart in American Pop (1981) was based partially on her and partially on Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick.
12 Wrote her will shortly before her death. Drawing up the document with her Los Angeles lawyer, she set aside $2500 for her friends to throw a party in the event of her death. After she died of a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970, her friends followed her wishes and threw a party in her honor at a club in San Anselmo, California. The party invitations read: "Drinks are on Pearl". Younger sister Laura Joplin, six years her junior, was among those who attended.
13 October 4, 1970: Died of a heroin overdose while she was legally drunk in Room 105 of the Landmark Motor Hotel located next door to the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, California. After she mainlined the drug, she was able to leave her room, walk to the lobby, ask the desk clerk to change a five-dollar bill so she could spend 50 cents on a pack of cigarettes, pull the rigid knob on the cigarette machine, return to her room and remove some of her clothes. She then fell suddenly, breaking her nose. The desk clerk later stated that while he was giving her change she talked happily about the new album she was recording, although he believed, based on having interacted with her since her August 24 check in, that she "was not a happy person". Her body was discovered approximately 18 hours later by her road manager, who was the son of Alistair Cooke.
14 Posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
15 Was cremated and her ashes were scattered on the Pacific Ocean.
16 Loved to drink Southern Comfort.
17 Was good friends with Grace Slick and Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson wrote her song "Me and Bobby McGee", which became her only 45 single to reach #1 on the Billboard chart.
18 Was friends with Jimi Hendrix.
19 She was voted the 47th Greatest Artist in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
20 Ranked #3 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
21 In 2001, Topps trading cards, in their American Pie Baseball brand produced a "Piece of American Pie" memorabilia insert set that included a Joplin-worn dress that is seen on her album "Pearl".
22 Was the oldest of three children: has a younger sister, Laura Joplin, and a younger brother, Michael Joplin.
23 Was arrested for using "vulgar and indecent language" while performing at Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa, Florida on November 16, 1969. Unlike Jim Morrison, who was arrested onstage in the middle of his Florida performance earlier in 1969, Joplin was allowed to finish her concert and then got handcuffed by police backstage. Was released on a $504 bond after spending approximately an hour behind bars. During the four days, she remained in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area awaiting a preliminary hearing, she went fishing. At the hearing, she was advised by a local lawyer she hired, Herbert Goldburg, that jail time was unlikely. A photographer for Associated Press captured the two of them leaving police headquarters after the proceedings. The image shows Joplin, clad in a fur coat, grinning and flashing a "V" sign with her fingers. Goldburg looks displeased. Joplin made a point of telling the AP that her sign stood for "victory, not peace". The following March she was fined $200 in absentia and the case was closed without her ever returning to Tampa. Curtis Hixon Hall has been demolished.
24 Was a member of the Glee Club and the Future Teachers of America while in high school.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ochéntame... otra vez 2016 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Vinyl 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Colonia 2015 performer: "TRY JUST A LITTLE BIT HARDER"
Australian Story 2014 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
She's Beautiful When She's Angry 2014 Documentary performer: "Piece of My Heart"
Mad Men 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Bank Roll 2012 performer: "As Good as You've Been to This World"
Voice - Danmarks største stemme 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Aufgspuit! 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Les Lyonnais 2011 "MOVE OVER" / writer: "MOVE OVER"
So You Think You Can Dance 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Idol 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Gent de paraula 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Little Bit of Heaven 2011 writer: "Mercedes Benz"
Les petits mouchoirs 2010 performer: "Kozmic Blues" / writer: "Kozmic Blues"
Entourage 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Mulher Invisível 2009 performer: "A Woman Left Lonely"
Taking Woodstock 2009 performer: "Try Just a Little Bit Harder"
Watchmen 2009 performer: "Me and Bobby McGee"
Banda sonora 2007-2008 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Le premier jour du reste de ta vie 2008 performer: "Summertime"
Queridos Amigos 2008 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Esti showder 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Introducing the Dwights 2007 performer: "Piece of My Heart", "Move Over" / writer: "Move Over"
ShakespeaRe-Told 2005 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Romance & Cigarettes 2005 performer: "Piece of My Heart"
Crossroads: A Jared Feldschreiber Film 2004 Short performer: "Piece of my Heart"
Boston Public 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Idol 2002-2003 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Waking the Dead 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Festival Express 2003 Documentary performer: "Cry Baby", "Ain't No More Cane", "Tell Mama", "Me & Bobby McGee"
Janis et John 2003 arranger: "Down On Me" Live / performer: "Down On Me" Live, "Kozmic Blues" / writer: "Kozmic Blues"
The Dreamers 2003 writer: "I Need a Man to Love" 1968
Rage 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ultimate X: The Movie 2002 Documentary short performer: "Cry Baby"
Mohamed 2001 Short performer: "Cry Baby"
Eva & Adam - Fyra födelsedagar och ett fiasko 2001 writer: "Mercedes Benz"
I cento passi 2000 performer: "Summertime"
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary performer: "Ball And Chain"
Freaks and Geeks 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Three Kings 1999 writer: "Mercedes Benz"
El tiempo de la felicidad 1997 performer: "Me and Bobby McGee"
The Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon 1996 Documentary writer: "Oh Sweet Mary"
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Home for the Holidays 1995 performer: "Piece of My Heart"
The War 1994 performer: "Summertime"
Woodstock Diary 1994 TV Movie documentary performer: "Try Just a Little Bit Harder", "Ball and Chain"
Le péril jeune 1994 lyrics: "Move over" / music: "Move over" / performer: "Move over"
L'eau froide 1994 performer: "Me & Bobby McGee"
Household Saints 1993 performer: "Maybe"
Beverly Hills, 90210 1991 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Indian Runner 1991 performer: "SUMMERTIME"
Flashing on the Sixties: A Tribal Document 1990 Video documentary writer: "Down on Me"
Woodstock: The Lost Performances 1990 Video documentary performer: "Work Me Lord"
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie 1989 writer: "Down On Me"
Bangkok Hilton 1989 TV Mini-Series writer: "Mercedes-Benz " - uncredited
Look Who's Talking 1989 performer: "Cry Baby"
Off Limits 1988 performer: "Down on Me" / writer: "Down on Me"
Women in Rock 1986 Video documentary performer: "Summertime", "Ball and Chain", "Piece of My Heart" - uncredited
Série noire TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1986 writer - 1 episode, 1986
Miami Vice 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983 Video documentary performer: "Ball and Chain" - uncredited
American Pop 1981 performer: "Summertime"
Berlin Alexanderplatz 1980 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Chilly Scenes of Winter 1979 performer: "Get It While You Can"
WKRP in Cincinnati TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1978 writer - 1 episode, 1978
Coming Home 1978 performer: "Call on Me" 1966
Gladys and Her All-Girl Band 1975 performer: "Try Just a Little Bit Harder" - uncredited
Little Girl Blue 1974 performer: "Little Girl Blue" - uncredited
Woodstock 1970 Documentary performer: "Work Me, Lord"
Music Scene 1969 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Petulia 1968 performer: "Road Block", "Down On Me" - uncredited / writer: "Road Block", "Down On Me" - uncredited
No More Excuses 1968 performer: "Down on Me" / writer: "Down on Me"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Misfortunes of Francois Jane 2016 musician
The Baader Meinhof Complex 2008 soundtrack
Die Sachverständigen 1973 musician

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ball and Chain 1967 Short

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mixuga 2008 Documentary

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Acid Head: The Buzzard Nuts County Slaughter 2011 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dick Cavett Show 1969-1970 TV Series Herself
Woodstock 1970 Documentary Herself
Janis Joplin 1970 TV Movie documentary Herself - Musician
Keep on 'Rockin 1969 Short documentary Herself
This Is Tom Jones 1969 TV Series documentary Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1969 TV Series Herself
Music Scene 1969 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show 1969 TV Series Singer
Monterey Pop 1968 Documentary Performer
The Hollywood Palace 1968 TV Series Herself - Singer
Big Brother and the Holding Company: Come Up the Years 1967 TV Movie documentary Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jay Leno's Garage 2016 TV Series documentary Herself
American Masters 2016 TV Series documentary Herself
Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago 2016 Documentary Herself
Girl in a Band 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself
Janis: Little Girl Blue 2015 Documentary Herself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Australian Story 2014 TV Series documentary Herself
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2014 TV Series Herself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself - Singer
Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience 2014 Short Herself
Soul Power! 2013 TV Series documentary Herself
60 Minutes 2006-2012 TV Series documentary Herself / Herself (segment "The Entertainers")
Gershwin's Summertime: The Song That Conquered the World 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself
Fantástico 2011 TV Series documentary Herself
Love, Janis 2010 TV Movie documentary Herself
Get Yer Ya Ya's Out 2009 Video documentary short Herself
Woodstock: Now & Then 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Doors: When You're Strange 2009 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
Banda sonora 2007-2008 TV Series Herself
Chelsea on the Rocks 2008 Documentary Herself
68 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Herself
More or Less Related Incidents in Recent History 2007 Documentary
Final 24 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
Summer of Love 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Herself
Queens of Heartache 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Musikprogrammet - programmet om musik 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
Death by Excess 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Biography 2000-2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Festival Express 2003 Documentary Herself - Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band
Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Vol. 4: Elvis & Other Rock Greats 2003 Video Herself
Pink Floyd The Wall Redux 2002 Herself (uncredited)
Nine Hundred Nights 2001 Video documentary Herself
The Best of Music Flashback Television Shows: Featuring Music Scene and Hullabaloo 2001 Video documentary short Herself
Hendrix 2000 TV Movie Herself (uncredited)
My Generation 2000 Documentary Herself
Reputations 2000 TV Series documentary
Intimate Portrait 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
VH1 Legends 1996 TV Series documentary Herself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Herself
Woodstock Diary 1994 TV Movie documentary Herself
Comin' Home 1991 Video documentary short Herself
Woodstock: The Lost Performances 1990 Video documentary Herself
When the Applause Died 1990 Video documentary Herself
Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll 1987 TV Movie documentary Herself
Rock 'N' Roll Goldmine: The Sixties 1986 Documentary short Herself
Women in Rock 1986 Video documentary Herself
Jimi Plays Monterey 1986 Documentary Herself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1986 TV Series Herself
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983 Video documentary Herself
When the Music's Over 1982 TV Movie documentary
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Herself
Janis 1974 Documentary Herself
Free 1973 Documentary
When the Music's Over... 1971 TV Movie documentary Herself - Musician

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording On November 4, 2013. At 6752 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1972 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Female Pop Vocal Performance For the song "Me and Bobby McGee"


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#Quote
1 Most television shows are such shit, like selling plastic raindrops.
2 Tomorrow never happens. It's all the same fucking day man.
3 Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all drive Porches, I must make amends.
4 I'm a victim of my own insides. There was a time when I wanted to know everything. It used to make me very unhappy, all that feeling. I just didn't know what to do with it. But now I've learned to make that feeling work for me. I'm full of emotion and I want a release, and if you're on stage and if it's really working and you've got the audience with you, it's a oneness you feel.
5 I don't believe in gate-crashing. The people aren't up there when I'm sweating on a stage at a festival, breaking my ass. You can get the money to buy a concert ticket, man. Sell your old lady, sell your dope. Look at me, man, I'm selling my heart.
6 They're frauds, the whole goddamn hippie culture. They bitch about brainwashing from their parents and they do the same damn thing. I've never known a one of those people who would tolerate any way of life but their own.
7 You know, I have to have the umph. I've got to feel it, because if it's not getting through to me, the audience sure as hell aren't going to feel it either.
8 [asked by a reporter what "acid rock" was] I wouldn't know. I'm a juicer.
9 On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.
10 My advice to everyone is come to California and I'll buy you a drink.

#Trademark
1 Shoulder-length brown hair
2 Distinctive raspy voice

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