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

02-11-7809, CL-5294, CLS-5294 Janis Joplin I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (Album) Columbia 02-11-7809, CL-5294, CLS-5294 Mexico 1969 Sell This Version
S-63392 Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin - Cheap Thrills (Album) CBS S-63392 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
PCA 30322 Janis Joplin Pearl (Album) CBS, CBS PCA 30322 US 1971 Sell This Version
C 30631 Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin - Big Brother & The Holding Company (Album) Columbia C 30631 US 1971 Sell This Version
SOPJ-70-71, SOPJ-24~5 Janis Joplin Joplin In Concert (Album, Comp) CBS SOPJ-70-71, SOPJ-24~5 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
220001, 220002 Janis Joplin Janis (Comp) Columbia 220001, 220002 Brazil 1975 Sell This Version
CBS 85354 Janis Joplin Farewell Song (Album, Comp) Columbia CBS 85354 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
6.25748 AP, LRLP 5354 AP 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
CK 64869 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
88697 48243 2 Janis Joplin The Woodstock Experience (Album) Columbia, Legacy, Sony Music 88697 48243 2 US 2009 Sell This Version
886979640924 Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin - Live At The Carousel Ballroom (Album, Comp) Legacy 886979640924 Europe 2012 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
4-45023 Janis Joplin Kozmic Blues (Single) CBS 4-45023 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
4-45080 Janis Joplin Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) / One Good Man (Single) Columbia 4-45080 US 1970 Sell This Version
BA 461329 Janis Joplin Me And Bobby McGee (Single) CBS BA 461329 New Zealand 1970 Sell This Version
BA 301353 Janis Joplin Cry Baby (Single) CBS BA 301353 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
7451 Janis Joplin Get It While You Can / Move Over (Single) CBS 7451 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
4-33205 Janis Joplin Me And Bobby McGee / Get It While You Can (Single) Columbia 4-33205 US 1971 Sell This Version
BA 301310 Janis Joplin Move Over (Single) CBS/Sony BA 301310 Greece 1971 Sell This Version
CBS S 9136 Janis Joplin Move Over CBS CBS S 9136 UK 1971 Sell This Version