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 1962-1970) of Bay Area musician Nick 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 & 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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Albums

KCS 9913 Janis Joplin - I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! album art Janis Joplin I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (Album) Columbia KCS 9913 US 1969 Sell This Version
CLS-5312 Janis Joplin - Big Brother & The Holding Company album art Big Brother & The Holding Company Canta Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company Canta Janis Joplin Janis Joplin - Big Brother & The Holding Company (Album) CBS CLS-5312 Mexico 1970 Sell This Version
C 30631 Janis Joplin - Big Brother & The Holding Company album art 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
KC 30322 Janis Joplin - Pearl album art Janis Joplin Pearl (Album, Comp) Columbia KC 30322 US 1971 Sell This Version
CS-10.104 Janis Joplin - In Concert album art Janis Joplin In Concert (Album, Comp) Columbia CS-10.104 Venezuela 1972 Sell This Version
220001, 220002 Janis Joplin - Janis album art Janis Joplin Janis (Comp, Album) Columbia 220001, 220002 Brazil 1975 Sell This Version
CBS 85354, 85354 Janis Joplin - Farewell Song album art Janis Joplin Farewell Song (Album) CBS/Sony CBS 85354, 85354 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
RR-82-3 Janis Joplin - Retro Rock album art Janis Joplin Retro Rock(LP, Transcription) Retro-Rock RR-82-3 US 1982 Sell This Version
# 314 A Janis Joplin - B.B.C. Rock Hour # 314 (Version "A") album art Janis Joplin B.B.C. Rock Hour # 314 (Version "A")(LP, Transcription, Ver) London Wavelength # 314 A US 1982 Sell This Version
DT 38219 Janis Joplin - Cheap Thrills / Pearl album art Janis Joplin / Big Brother & The Holding Company Janis Joplin / Big Brother & The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills / Pearl (Album, Comp) CBS DT 38219 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
6.25748 AP, LRLP 5354 AP Janis Joplin - Cheaper Thrills album art 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
97-187 Janis Joplin - House Of Blues Radio Hour Show 97-187 album art Janis Joplin House Of Blues Radio Hour Show 97-187(CD, Album, Rad) House Of Blues Studios 97-187 US 1997 Sell This Version
CK 64869 Janis Joplin - Live At Winterland '68 album art 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 art Janis Joplin The Woodstock Experience (Album) Columbia, Legacy, Sony Music 88697 48243 2 US 2009 Sell This Version
CHF-F1057LF Janis Joplin - Ball & Chain album art 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
88697964092 Janis Joplin - Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968 album art 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
88725456262RL1 Janis Joplin - A Night With Janis Joplin album art Janis Joplin A Night With Janis Joplin(CD, Album) Columbia, Legacy 88725456262RL1 US 2012 Sell This Version
88725456262 Janis Joplin - One Night With Janis Joplin album art Janis Joplin One Night With Janis Joplin(CD, Album) Columbia, Legacy 88725456262 US 2012 Sell This Version
RMMCD104 Janis Joplin - California Blues 1962 album art Janis Joplin California Blues 1962(CD) Rock Melon Music LTD RMMCD104 UK 2013 Sell This Version
none Janis Joplin - Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969 album art Janis Joplin Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969 (Album) Columbia, Legacy none US 2019 Sell This Version
RLL023 Janis Joplin - Live and Radio Shows album art Janis Joplin Live and Radio Shows(LP) Radio Looploop RLL023 2019 Sell This Version
LFMCD606 Janis Joplin - The 1969 Transmissions album art Janis Joplin The 1969 Transmissions(CD, Album) Leftfield Media LFMCD606 USA & Canada 2019 Sell This Version
Suitable 1345 Janis Joplin - Folk Theatre, San Jose 1962 / Coffee Gallery, Sans Francisco 1962 album art Janis Joplin Folk Theatre, San Jose 1962 / Coffee Gallery, Sans Francisco 1962(LP) Mr. Suit Records Suitable 1345 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

3683 Janis Joplin - Piece Of My Heart / Turtle Blues album art Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin - Piece Of My Heart / Turtle Blues (Single) CBS 3683 Germany 1968 Sell This Version
3726 Janis Joplin - Piece Of My Heart / Summertime album art Janis Joplin Piece Of My Heart / Summertime (Single) CBS 3726 France 1968 Sell This Version