Janis Joplin

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  • Name: Janis Joplin ( Janis Lyn Joplin )
  • Date of birth: 19 January 1943.
  • Age: 27 years
  • Date of death: 4 Oct 1970
  • Place of birth: Port Arthur, TX
  • Height: 165
  • Activity: singer, rock musician
  • Marital status: never been married

    Janis Joplin: biography

    Janis Joplin is an American rock singer, considered the best white Blues performer and one of the greatest vocalists in the history of rock music.

    She was born in Texas and raised in the atmosphere of classical music and intellectual books. Her father Seth was working in a trading company, but the house was reading books of Dante and listening to classical Opera. Mother Dorothy dedicated her life to the education of children, although in her youth repeatedly offered to start a professional singing career.

    Janice to school age was precocious intellectually developed, because of which she regularly had conflicts with her classmates. Aggravated the attitude of the peers to him the fact that Joplin had anti-racist views, which at that time was something extraordinary.

    Early demonstrated and the creativity of the girls. At first, she was fond of painting and often painted pictures on biblical subjects. Later Janice entered the semi-clandestine circle of young people, who studied modern literature, the Blues and folk music, radical art forms. That is where the girl first began to sing.

    In 1960, Janis Joplin enrolled at Lamar University in Texas where she spent only 3 years and eventually had to drop the class in order to leave entirely in the musical environment. By the way, from the first days at the University about shocking the girl started the rumor. But otherwise, if she came to the lecture in jeans, which at the time shocked people? Moreover, she often walked the streets barefoot and always wore a string instrument, the lyre. As wrote on her student newspaper: «she dares to be different?».


    Singing on stage since high school, showing the audience amazing vocals with three full octaves. The first song Janis Joplin recorded in the Studio, was a Blues, «What Good Can Drinking Do». Later with the support of friends released the album «The Typewriter Tape».

    After moving to California, she performed in numerous clubs and bars. She sang most often, my own songs — «Trouble In Mind», «Kansas City Blues», «Long Black Train Blues» and others. In 1966, Joplin joined the band «Big Brother and the Holding Company». The gift of a new vocalist, and her charisma took the band among the leaders of the American scene, and Janis for the first time realized what it is to bask in the admiration.

    With the band Janis Joplin recorded two albums, the second of which, «Cheap Thrills» is considered one of the best albums of the 60-ies. But at the peak of popularity, the singer left the band, because he wants to develop artistically. Then there was the band «Kozmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band». But it would not have called teams, it was clear that the audience go to a concert of Janis Joplin. For the international community she was at a safe height, like Tina Turner and the group «Rolling Stones».

    Janis Joplin was the first white singer that was acting on stage is so relaxed. She is completely immersed in the music that was played, and disconnected from the real world. It also only black Blues allowed his vocals to live their own lives. Performances of Joplin was not just expressive, but really aggressive. As someone said of the colleagues of the singer – concerts Janice resemble a Boxing match.

    For the life of Janis Joplin had written not so many Studio albums, but went down in history as a legend of rock music of the beat generation and the hippies. The latest work in the Studio was the album «Pearl» released posthumously. Later they were issued live concert recordings «In Concert» and a collection of «Janis». There were many previously unreleased songs, including the soulful and lyric of the song «Mercedes Benz» and «Me and Bobby McGee».

    Personal life

    Despite its openness and to emphasize sexuality on stage, as well as the presence of many lovers, Janis Joplin always felt alone. Among the men with whom the singer had a close relationship, well known for legendary musicians Jimi Hendrix and Country Joe McDonald, lead singer of «The Doors» Jim Morrison and country singer Kris Kristofferson.

    Many friends Janice claimed that she sometimes had periods of extreme tenderness, even when Joplin was bi-sexual. One of its more or less permanent «girlfriends» was Peggy of Caserta.

    Latest beloved Joplin was the local bully Seth Morgan, whom she planned to marry.


    Janis Joplin died 4 October 1970 in the room of Los Angeles hotel «landmark Motor». She has for many years used drugs of different severity, including purified heroin, which was discovered in his blood at autopsy.

    According to official reports, the singer died from an unintentional drug overdose. But for a long time among the public, speculation about suicide as a young woman, despite the worldwide fame and seems to be improving personal life was deeply unhappy and felt alone and exhausted.

    Also some time considered version of the murder due to the fact that the room the drugs were found. In addition, the Joplin room was unnaturally tidy for her.

    The remains of rock-the musicians were cremated, then her ashes scattered over the Pacific ocean along the California coast. The last voice recording Janis Joplin was her audio greetings to another legend of rock music — John Lennon. The tape was delivered to the addressee after the singer died.


    • 1964 — The Typewriter Tape
    • 1967 — Big Brother & the Holding Company
    • 1968 — Cheap Thrills
    • 1969 — I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
    • 1971 — Pearl
    • 1972 — In Concert
    • 1975 — Janis


    Janis Joplin

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