Janis Joplin rose to fame quickly as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company. Her bluesy, powerful voice made a unique pairing with the rock band, and she gained enough success to begin a solo career in December 1968. She performed at Woodstock fourteen months before she died of a heroin overdose. Joplin's success lasted past her death, and her only number one hit happened after she died. Janis Joplin is a rock legend for her music as well as her legacy for being a woman of her time, who desired freedom, equality, and peace.
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