Janis Joplin

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"Tomorrow never happens. It's all the same fucking day, man!"

Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was a singer and songwriter who achieved stardom in the 1960s as a vocalist for psychedelic rock outfit Big Brother & The Holding Company. She's famed for her raspy, blues-influenced vocal style, as well as hits like "Piece of My Heart", "Summertime" and "Me & Bobby McGee". She was also one of the performers at the original Woodstock, along with her then backup band, the Kozmic Blues Band.

On the morning of October 4, 1970, Janis was found dead in her hotel room in Los Angeles, having succumbed to a heroin overdose, just before she could finish work on her album Pearl.


Albums with Big Brother & The Holding Company:

  • Big Brother & The Holding Company (1967)
  • Cheap Thrills (1968)

Solo albums:

  • I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (1969) (with the Kozmic Blues Band)
  • Pearl (1971) (with the Full Tilt Boogie Band) (released posthumously)

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