"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:
- 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.
- One Man Song: Me And Bobby Mc Gee.
- Short-Lived Big Impact: A key player in women coming onto the rock scene; everyone from Paramore to P!nk owes something to this gal. She died at just age 27.
- Shout-Out: The line I met a girl who sang the blues in Don McLean's "American Pie" is supposedly about her.
- Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel #2" is definitely about her.
- And ironically, "Me And Bobbie McGee" may well have been written about her.
- Something Blues: "Turtle Blues" and her album I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (with the Kozmic Blues Band)
- Unkempt Beauty: Her hair is iconic.