Personalities | Janis Joplin | Sixties | Rock

(Vocals, 1943–70)

During a troubled adolescence in Texas, Joplin sang in regional clubs before a move to California, where she emerged as focal point of San Francisco’s Big Brother and The Holding Company, sounding weary, cynical and knowing beyond her years. In 1968, she began a solo career that was triumphant and tragic – for, shortly after a drug-induced death in 1970, she topped both the US album and singles chart with, respectively, Pearl and ‘Me And Bobby McGee’.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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