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 her siblings Michael and Laura, and attended Thomas Jefferson High School, where she began painting and listening to blues artists Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Big Mama Thornton and Odetta with the other rebellious kids in her neighborhood. She graduated high school in 1960, and in 1962, she quit university in the middle of her studies. The university then ran the headline, "She Dares To Be Different" in the student newspaper.

She went to 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 during 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 addictions.

After taking time out in Brazil with close friend Linda Gravenites (wife of Bay Area musician Nick Gravenites from 1962-1970), 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 & The Holding Company 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 Recording 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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ISL 5016, ISL. 5016 Big Brother & The Holding Company — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin With The Big Brother & The Holding Company* Janis Joplin With The Big Brother & The Holding Company* - Big Brother & The Holding Company (Album) PAX, PAX ISL 5016, ISL. 5016 Israel 1967 Sell This Version
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SBP 474714 I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (Album) Columbia SBP 474714 New Zealand 1969 Sell This Version
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CLS-5312, CL-5312 Cheap Thrills — Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company , Canta Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company , Canta Janis Joplin - Cheap Thrills (Album) CBS, CBS CLS-5312, CL-5312 Mexico 1970 Sell This Version
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KC 30322 Pearl — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Pearl (Album, Comp) Columbia KC 30322 US 1971 Sell This Version
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C2X31160, C2X 31160 In Concert — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin In Concert (Album) Columbia C2X31160, C2X 31160 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
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PC 32168, KC 32168 Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits (Comp, Album) Columbia PC 32168, KC 32168 US 1973 Sell This Version
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220001, 220002 Janis — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Janis (Comp, Album) Columbia 220001, 220002 Brazil 1975 Sell This Version
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PC 37569 Farewell Song — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Farewell Song (Album) Columbia PC 37569 US 1982 Sell This Version
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RR-82-3 Fairwell Song — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Fairwell Song(LP, Transcription) Retro-Rock RR-82-3 US 1982 Sell This Version
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# 314 A B.B.C. Rock Hour # 314 (Version Janis Joplin B.B.C. Rock Hour # 314 (Version "A")(LP, Transcription, Ver) London Wavelength # 314 A US 1982 Sell This Version
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6.25748 AP, LRLP 5354 AP Cheaper Thrills — Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin - Cheaper Thrills (Album) Line Records, Line Records 6.25748 AP, LRLP 5354 AP Germany 1984 Sell This Version
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HM325840 Woodstock Festival — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Woodstock Festival(CD, Dlx) Not On Label HM325840 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
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97-187 House Of Blues Radio Hour Show 97-187 — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin House Of Blues Radio Hour Show 97-187(CD, Album, Rad) House Of Blues Studios 97-187 US 1997 Sell This Version
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CK 64869 Live At Winterland '68 — Janis Joplin 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 CK 64869 US 1998 Sell This Version
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88697 53484 2 The Woodstock Experience — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin The Woodstock Experience (Album) Columbia, Legacy, Sony Music 88697 53484 2 US 2009 Sell This Version
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CHF-F1057LF Ball & Chain — Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring, Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring, Janis Joplin - Ball & Chain(DVD, Mono, NTSC + CD, Mono) Charly Films LLC CHF-F1057LF US 2009 Sell This Version
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88725456262RL1 One Night With Janis Joplin — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin One Night With Janis Joplin (Album) Columbia, Legacy 88725456262RL1 US 2012 Sell This Version
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88697964092 Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968 — Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin - Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968 (Album) Legacy, Columbia 88697964092 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
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RMMCD104 California Blues 1962 — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin California Blues 1962(CD) Rock Melon Music LTD RMMCD104 UK 2013 Sell This Version
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none Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969 — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969 (Album) Columbia, Legacy none US 2019 Sell This Version
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LFMCD606 The 1969 Transmissions — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin The 1969 Transmissions(CD, Album) Leftfield Media LFMCD606 USA & Canada 2019 Sell This Version
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CL83063 Live Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam 1969 — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin & The Kozmic Blues Band* Janis Joplin & The Kozmic Blues Band* - Live Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam 1969(LP, Album, 180) Cult Legends CL83063 Netherlands 2020 Sell This Version
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JJ690817LP Janis Joplin Band Woodstock Live August 17, 1969 — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Band Woodstock Live August 17, 1969(LP, Yel) Climbing The Mountain JJ690817LP Europe 2021 Sell This Version
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R-41 Janis Joplin Joplin In Concert (8-Trk, Album) Quala-Sonic R-41 US Unknown Sell This Version
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003 Prisoner of Love — Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Prisoner of Love(CD) HALCYON 003 Japan Unknown Sell This Version

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vovapink2

vovapink2

June 13, 2022
Yes. singer of all time. this is the case when it should be listened to in hall performances. her soul is there. there is the thrill of her soul. and in my opinion the best release came alas after her death. this is a double album - Janis Joplin - In Concert - 1972. Once you listen to it, you will never forget it.
england2

england2

January 5, 2021
Janis Joplin........... Wild child hippie chick who captured the hearts of the late 1960's kids of her age and proved to all her haters that she was something and died with a legacy that is etched into peoples hearts and minds of many generations past, present and future. Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday and JJ are my favorite women artists of all time - drugs, alcohol, blues or 27, it's all Rock n Roll to me.
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