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

Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 October 4, 1970) was a singer and songwriter who achieved stardom in the late [[TheSixties 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 Film/{{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 Music/JimiHendrix passed away at the same age, also from drug-related causes. ''Pearl'' and "Me & Bobby [=McGee=]" became posthumous successes, with the latter single going to No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

Albums with Big Brother & The Holding Company:
* ''Big Brother & The Holding Company'' (1967)
* ''Music/CheapThrills'' (1968)

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!":
* ACappella: "Mercedes Benz". It is an a cappella song written by singer Janis Joplin with the poets Michael [=McClure=] 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".
* BiTheWay: Janis had many male ''and'' female lovers.
* BrokenBird: This poor woman had a tough life.
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: In the original version of "Me and Bobby [=McGee=]" Bobby was a woman.
* DueToTheDead: Early blues singer Bessie Smith was Janis' idol. When Janis discovered that Smith was buried in an unmarked grave, she got together with Smith's old housekeeper and paid for a proper tombstone to be put up.
* TheFunInFuneral: She left her friends $2,500 in her will to "have a ball after I'm gone."
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Once hit a drunk [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]] with a beer bottle.
* IsntItIronic: "Mercedes Benz" as used in a Mercedes-Benz commercial.
* IWantSong: "Mercedes Benz"
* KidsAreCruel: She was bullied relentlessly as a child (to the point that she didn't make any friends until high-school, and even then, there were only a few) simply because she didn't hate black people.
** Didn't help she wasn't a conventional beauty or mind; in college, she was voted "Ugliest Man".
* MetalScream: Very often, most famously in "Piece of my Heart."
* LadyDrunk: Southern Comfort whiskey was her drink of choice.
* OneManSong: "Me And Bobby [=McGee=]".
* OneSteveLimit: Averted, as she and a then-teenage Music/JanisIan (of "At Seventeen" and "Society's Child" fame) were friends for a time. In her autobiography, ''Society's Child'', Janis Ian recalls that when the two of them were in public, Janis Joplin would often introduce ''herself'' as "The Other Janis," although it was Joplin who was the bigger star. However, she would not allow the younger Janis to see her doing heroin, sending her away with a "[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids Kid, it's time for you to go now]]."
* TheOneThatGotAway: Apparently [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]] was in love with her, even (no, especially) after the GrievousBottleyHarm incident above. As you can probably guess, Janis didn't return those feelings, and Jim was crushed.
* ShoutOut: The line ''I met a girl who sang the blues'' in Music/DonMcLean's ''Music/AmericanPie'' is supposedly about her.
** Music/LeonardCohen's "Chelsea Hotel #2" from ''Music/NewSkinForTheOldCeremony'' is ''definitely'' about her.
** And ironically, "Me And Bobbie [=McGee=]" may well have been written about her.
* SomethingBlues: "Turtle Blues" and her album ''I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!'' (with the Kozmic Blues Band)
* UnkemptBeauty: Her hair is iconic.