Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

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Janis Lyn Joplin
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Born 19 January 1943, Port Arthur, Texas, USA
Died 04 October 1970, Los Angeles, California, USA

Joplin was the eldest of three children, Michael and Laura, and attended Thomas Jefferson High School where she began painting and listening to the blues of Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Big Mama Thornton and Odetta with the rebellious kids of the neighborhood. She graduated in 1960 and, in 1962, the university she left in the middle of her studies ran the headline in its campus paper "She dares to be different".

She hit San Francisco in 1963, first living in North Beach and later Haight-Ashbury where she begun the drug and alcohol habits that would tragically end her life. During this period she recorded a session with Jorma Kaukonen that later appeared as the bootleg "The Typewriter Tape". Noticeably suffering from her addictions she returned to Port Arthur in May 1965 and 'straightened up' for a year, enrolling as a sociology major at Lamar University.

In 1966, at the invitation of Chet Helms whom she'd known as a teenager, she returned to California and was recruited as the singer for Big Brother & The Holding Company in June, appearing at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco on her first public performance with them. In August 1966 the group signed with Mainstream Records and recorded an album. However, it was not released until a year later and in the meantime, with very little reward, they moved with the Grateful Dead to a house in Lagunitas, California. It was there that Joplin relapsed into hard drug use.

Joplin and the band signed with Albert Grossman in November 1967 and released Big Brother & The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills in 1968. This release was the culmination of a year in which Joplin had wowed audiences at the Monterey Pop Festival, the Anderson Theater in New York, the Wake For Martin Luther King Jr concert with Jimi Hendrix in New York and on TV's prime-time Dick Cavett Show. Joplin then left the band after a Family Dog benefit gig in December 1968 and formed a back-up group, the Kozmic Blues Band, releasing an album in September 1969. The group disbanded three months later, with Joplin again suffering from her dependencies.

After taking time out in Brazil with friend Linda Gravenites, who was her costume designer and praised by Joplin in the May 1968 issue of Vogue, Joplin returned to America and formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band which began touring in May 1970. She also appeared in reunion concerts with Big Brother at this time. She then began recording a new album in September 1970 with producer Paul A. Rothchild.

By Saturday, October 3rd Joplin had already laid down a number of takes at Sunset Sound Studios in LA, including "Mercedes Benz". On the following day she failed to appear and John Cooke, the road manager of Full Tilt Boogie Band, drove to the Landmark Motor Hotel where Joplin was staying. There he found her dead on the floor of her room, the result of a seizure caused by a heroin overdose.

Joplin was cremated and her ashes scattered from a plane into the Pacific Ocean. Her unfinished recordings were assembled and the result was the posthumously released Janis Joplin - Pearl in 1971. It became the biggest selling album of her career.

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 (Performer).
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Janis Joplin Discography

Albums

Janis Joplin I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (Album) Columbia Mexico 1969 Sell This Version
Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin - Cheap Thrills (Album) CBS Spain 1970 Sell This Version
Janis Joplin Pearl (Album) CBS, CBS US 1971 Sell This Version
Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin - Big Brother & The Holding Company (Album) Columbia US 1971 Sell This Version
Joplin* Joplin In Concert (Album, Comp) CBS US 1972 Sell This Version
Janis Joplin Janis (Comp, Album) Columbia Brazil 1975 Sell This Version
Janis Joplin Farewell Song (Album, Comp) Columbia Greece 1982 Sell This Version
Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin - Cheaper Thrills (Album) Line Records, Line Records Germany 1984 Sell This Version
Janis Joplin With Big Brother And The Holding Company* Janis Joplin With Big Brother And The Holding Company* - Live At Winterland '68 (Album) Columbia, Legacy US 1998 Sell This Version
Janis Joplin The Woodstock Experience (Album) Columbia, Legacy, Sony Music US 2009 Sell This Version
Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin - Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968 (Album, Comp) Legacy Europe 2012 Sell This Version
2079H Janis Joplin, Kozmic Blues Band, Tom Jones Janis Joplin, Kozmic Blues Band, Tom Jones - Live in Amsterdam 1969, US radio shows 1969-70(LP, Album) DOL 2079H Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

3683, CBS 3683 Big Brother And The Holding Company* Featuring Janis Joplin Big Brother And The Holding Company* Featuring Janis Joplin - Piece Of My Heart / Turtle Blues(7") CBS, CBS 3683, CBS 3683 Scandinavia 1968 Sell This Version
EZA-7595 Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin - Big Brother & The Holding Company(7", EP) London Records EZA-7595 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
Janis Joplin Kozmic Blues (Single) CBS US 1969 Sell This Version
4S-45128 Janis Joplin Maybe / Work Me, Lord(7") Columbia 4S-45128 US 1969 Sell This Version
CBSA 82024 Janis Joplin Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) / Little Girl Blue(7", Single) CBS/Sony CBSA 82024 Japan 1969 Sell This Version
DSR-RS-4061 Janis Joplin Maybe(7", Single) Columbia DSR-RS-4061 Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
Janis Joplin Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) / One Good Man (Single) Columbia US 1970 Sell This Version
Janis Joplin Me And Bobby McGee (Single) CBS New Zealand 1970 Sell This Version
Janis Joplin Cry Baby (Single) CBS Greece 1970 Sell This Version
EPC-1048 Janis Joplin Conquistame Dios(7", EP) CBS EPC-1048 Mexico 1970 Sell This Version
EPC-1016 Janis Joplin Blues Kozmico(7", EP) CBS EPC-1016 Mexico 1970 Sell This Version
Janis Joplin Get It While You Can / Move Over (Single) CBS Germany 1970 Sell This Version
Janis Joplin Me And Bobby McGee / Get It While You Can (Single) Columbia US 1971 Sell This Version