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Janis Joplin

"Janis Lyn Joplin" (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American blues-influenced rock singer and occasional songwriter with a distinctive voice. Joplin released four albums as the frontwoman for several bands from 1967 to a posthumous release in 1971.


Joplin was born at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. The daughter of Seth Joplin, a worker at Texaco, she had two younger siblings, Michael and Laura. She grew up listening to blues musicians such as Bessie Smith, Odetta, and Big Mama Thornton and singing in the local choir. While at Thomas Jefferson High School, she was mostly shunned. Primarily a painter, it was in high school that she first began singing blues and folk music with friends. Joplin graduated in 1960 and attended the University of Texas in Austin, though she never attained a degree. One persistent story is of her being voted the winner of a Fraternity contest "The Ugliest Man on Campus."

Cultivating a rebellious manner that could be viewed as "liberated" — the women's liberation movement was still in its infancy at this time — Joplin styled herself in part after her female blues heroines, and in part after the beat po...

date of birth January 19, 1943
place of birth Port Arthur, Texas
date of death October 4, 1970
place of death Los Angeles, California
occupation Singer-Songwriter
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