Janis Joplin

Icons of the Century

The little girl from Port Arthur, Texas, blossomed into the Pearl, and Janis Joplin’s voice — big, bluesy, scratchy, unlovely but full of emotion and pain and raw power — exploded at the Monterey Pop Festival during 1967’s Summer of Love.

Seemingly overnight, Joplin was propelled from Bay Area anonymity to superstar at Columbia Records, home of Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and Miles Davis. “Ball and Chain,” “Summertime,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Piece of My Heart” became instant classics and gave rock chicks a voice in the sexist music world.

Joplin lived as hard as she sang, dying of an overdose in 1970 at age 27 while sealing her immortality. Her life has inspired movies and stage shows, and her dress sense plays muse to the fashion world, but her voice can’t be imitated.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety

Loading