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.

19 Jan 1943 1
Port Arthur, Texas 1
04 Oct 1970 1

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Full Name:
Janis Lyn Joplin 1
19 Jan 1943 1
Port Arthur, Texas 1
Female 1
04 Oct 1970 1
Cause: Heroin Overdose 1
Mother: Dorothy Joplin 1
Father: Seth Joplin 1
Musician 1
Album "Pearl" released:
27 Feb 1971 2
Debut album by Big Brother and the Holding Company:
12 Aug 1967 2
Debuts with Big Brother and the Holding Company:
11 Jun 1965 2
Headlines the First Annual Tribal Stomp:
01 Feb 1966 2
Janis performs as Woodstock with Kozmic Blues Band:
August 15-17, 1969 2
Joplin debuts a new band, Full-Tilt Boogie:
12 Jun 1970 2
Joplin is found dead in her hotel room:
04 Oct 1970 2
Joplin performs for last time with Big Brother:
07 Dec 1968 2
Joplin’s first solo album is released.:
18 Sep 1969 2
Me and Bobby McGee,” only Top Forty hit reaches #1:
14 Mar 1971 2
Performs at Monterey International Pop Festival:
17 Jun 1967 2
Performs at the Trips Festival:
January 21-23, 1966 2
The album “Cheap Thrills,” is released:
12 Aug 1968 2
‘Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits’ released:
14 Jul 1973 2

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“[Janis Joplin] perfectly expressed the feelings and yearnings of the girls of the electric generation – to be all woman, yet equal with men; to be free, yet a slave to real love; to [reject] every outdated convention, and yet get back to the basics of life.”--Lillian Roxon

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“It wasn’t only her voice that thrilled, with its amazing range and strength and awesome wails. To see her was to be sucked into a maelstrom of feeling that words can barely suggest.”--Myra Friedman, Biographer

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