Janis Joplin was a famous American blues singer and outstanding person. Her life was full of difficulties and problems. Nevertheless Joplin is supposed to be one of the most influential and talented musicians of the 20th century. It is true that her life is some kind of reflection of that rebellious and unconventional times.
Joplin was born in 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas to ordinary family of middle class. She understood early that life in Port Arthur was not for her. Joplin had problems at school with her peers who could not accept her unusual appearance and lifestyle she pursued. They mocked at her and bullied as she seemed to them too unusual and extraordinary. At the age of 17 she left home. When she was 23-years-old she left for California. But life over there turned to be more difficult than probably she expected. In a year she came back to Texas. Several months later Joplin met members of San Francisco band Big Brother And The Holding Company. And it changed her life.
San Francisco was an actual cultural center of the beat generation and hippies at the 60s. Freedom, love and creativity were in the air. San Francisco was an actual place for Joplin.
During the 1960s Joplin performed travelling around the United states with Big Brother And The Holding Company. In 1967 during the Monterey Pop Festival she caught attention of the producers of Columbia Records.
Joplin was too ambitious and talented to be a part of a band. In 1968 she left Big Brother and The Holding Company to start her solo career. In 1969 she released her solo album I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! In the late 1960s musicians preferred psychedelic music to traditional blues and folk music. And Joplin was one of them.
Joplin was alcohol and drug addicted. In fact sex, drugs and rock-n-roll were her actual life companions. She only seemed to be self-confident and secure person. But she had problems since childhood. And year by year the situation got worse. She was sure she was ugly, untalented and unnecessary. Joplin suffered serious depression.
In 1970 she was in the spotlight. Everything seemed to be okay. She traveled around the country performing with her band. She was very popular at the time. Joplin was 27 and she worked on the album Pearl. But it didn’t save her. She died of overdose. Her body was found in Landmark hotel where she stayed while working on the album. The last song she released was popular Mercedes Benz.