Muses

Janis Joplin (1943 - 1970)

An independent and unconventional teenager, Janis Joplin finds inspiration in blues singers and the Beat Generation and decides to settle in San Francisco in 1963 where she rapidly sings in the city's clubs. She also begins a dangerous consumption of drugs and alcohol and her friends, alarmed by the negative effects of their use, bring her back to her native Texas. In 1966, she joins the group, Big Brother and the Holding Company – a hippie psychedelic rock band that releases popular tunes such as Pieces of my Heart carried by the raw, powerful and tormented voice of the singer. Janis Joplin soon emerges as a celebrated star and she forms the Kozmic Blue Band followed by the Full Tilt Boogie Band that emphasize her signature style made of colourful feathers in the hair, round sunglasses bohemian and tie dye frocks. Having imposed herself in a rock environment dominated by men and the incarnation of the 1960s Flower Power, Janis Joplin nonetheless did not manage to overcome her inner demons and died of a heroine overdose, joining the sadly famous 27 Club just a few weeks after Jimi Hendrix. The singer who liked to be called Pearl had planned a huge party after her death, insisting that the 'drinks are on Pearl'.

Tags / Janis Joplin - 1960s - Muses - It Women - Blue - Rock - Drugs - Sex - American Singer
Janis Joplin by Elliott Landy, Newport Folk Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, 1968
Janis Joplin by Elliott Landy, Newport Folk Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, 1968
Big Brother & the Holding Company played for a dance in Campus Hall (now Crawford Hall) on Friday, September 27, 1968
Big Brother & the Holding Company played for a dance in Campus Hall (now Crawford Hall) on Friday, September 27, 1968
Portrait of Janis Joplin
Portrait of Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin by Herb Greene, 1966
Janis Joplin by Herb Greene, 1966
Janis Joplin by Jan Persson
Janis Joplin by Jan Persson
Janis Joplin’s psychedelic painted 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet, September 1968, by Jim Marshall
Janis Joplin’s psychedelic painted 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet, September 1968, by Jim Marshall
 Portrait of Janis Joplin
Portrait of Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin by Bob Seidemann, 1967
Janis Joplin by Bob Seidemann, 1967
Cover sleeve of In Concert by Janis Joplin, released in 1972
Cover sleeve of In Concert by Janis Joplin, released in 1972
Janis Joplin singing live
Janis Joplin singing live
 Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol, Janis Joplin, Tim Buckley by Elliott Landy, skansas City, Nyc
Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol, Janis Joplin, Tim Buckley by Elliott Landy, skansas City, Nyc
Janis Joplin by Robert Altman, The Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, August 1968
Janis Joplin by Robert Altman, The Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, August 1968
Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin by Herb Green
Janis Joplin by Herb Green
Janis Joplin by Jim Marshall, 1968
Janis Joplin by Jim Marshall, 1968
Janis Joplin by Jan Persson
Janis Joplin by Jan Persson
Cover sleeve of Janis Joplin's Best Of, photo by Clark Pierson
Cover sleeve of Janis Joplin's Best Of, photo by Clark Pierson
Tina Turner and Janis Joplin by Harry Benson
Tina Turner and Janis Joplin by Harry Benson
Janis Joplin by Daniel Kramer
Janis Joplin by Daniel Kramer
Janis Joplin by David Gahr
Janis Joplin by David Gahr
Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin by Baron Wolman
Janis Joplin by Baron Wolman
 Janis Joplin and Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane
Janis Joplin and Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane
Janis Joplin in Woodstock, 1969
Janis Joplin in Woodstock, 1969
Janis Joplin and her band : Big brother and the Holding Company
Janis Joplin and her band : Big brother and the Holding Company
Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin by David Gahr
Janis Joplin by David Gahr
Janis Joplin by Baron Wolman
Janis Joplin by Baron Wolman
Janis Joplin and her band : Big brother and the Holding Company
Janis Joplin and her band : Big brother and the Holding Company
Janis Joplin, arrested in November 1969 in Florida
Janis Joplin, arrested in November 1969 in Florida
Janis Joplin by Richard Avedon for Vogue US, May 1968
Janis Joplin by Richard Avedon for Vogue US, May 1968
The Pearl album cover, photographed by Barry Feinstein in Los Angeles, 1970
The Pearl album cover, photographed by Barry Feinstein in Los Angeles, 1970
Janis Joplin by Bob Seidman
Janis Joplin by Bob Seidman
Janis Joplin by Baron Wolman
Janis Joplin by Baron Wolman
Janis Joplin, Newport Folk Festival, by David Gahr, 1968
Janis Joplin, Newport Folk Festival, by David Gahr, 1968
Janis Joplin by John Cooke
Janis Joplin by John Cooke
Janis Joplin by Richard Avedon for Vogue US, May 1968
Janis Joplin by Richard Avedon for Vogue US, May 1968
Janis Joplin by Richard Avedon for Vogue US, May 1968
Janis Joplin by Richard Avedon for Vogue US, May 1968
Janis Joplin by Richard Avedon for Vogue US, May 1968
Janis Joplin by Richard Avedon for Vogue US, May 1968
close

Share this picture on