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Music: Janis Joplin

"Tomorrow never happens. It's all the same fucking day, man!"

Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was a singer and songwriter who achieved stardom in the late 1960s as a vocalist for psychedelic rock outfit Big Brother & The Holding Company. She's famed for her raspy, blues-influenced vocal style, as well as hits like "Piece of My Heart", "Summertime" and "Me & Bobby McGee". She was also one of the performers at Monterey and the original Woodstock, along with her then backup band, the Kozmic Blues Band.

On the morning of October 4, 1970, Janis was found dead in her hotel room in Los Angeles, having succumbed to a heroin overdose, just before she could finish work on her album Pearl. She was just 27 and died only a week after Jimi Hendrix passed away at the same age, also from drug-related causes.

Albums with Big Brother & The Holding Company:

Solo albums:
  • I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (1969) (with the Kozmic Blues Band)
  • Pearl (1971) (with the Full Tilt Boogie Band) (released posthumously)

"I got dem ol' kozmic tropes again Mama!":

  • A Cappella: "Mercedes Benz". It is an a cappella song written by singer Janis Joplin with the poets Michael Mc Clure and Bob Neuwirth. In the song, the singer asks the Lord to buy her a Mercedes-Benz, a color TV, and a "night on the town".
  • Broken Bird: This poor woman had a tough life.