Janis Joplin was born in Texas, but she got her start singing with the San Francisco-based Big Brother & the Holding Company. After the success of their 1968 album 'Cheap Thrills,' Joplin launched a solo career that produced only two albums before her death at the age of 27 in 1970 of a heroin overdose. But the records she left behind (including the posthumous No. 1, 'Pearl') have influenced scores of younger artists. Joplin was a big, bluesy singer whose defining rasp allowed her to push the somewhat basic songs she recorded into fiery new territories. With her solo work, she explored more R&B and country paths, with horns and a backing band as big as her voice.
40 Years Ago: Janis Joplin Inspires Bette Midler Film 'The Rose'
Though not a biopic, Joplin's influence was all over Midler's breakthrough movie.
Allman Brothers, Janis Joplin Tattoo Artist Lyle Tuttle Dies
The body artist helped bring tattoos into the mainstream, while inking some of the biggest names in rock.
Lost Neil Young and Janis Joplin Woodstock Sets to Surface
A new documentary about Woodstock will include previously unseen performances by Neil Young and Janis Joplin.
Big Brother and Holding Co., 'Sex Dope & Cheap Thrills': Review
Janis Joplin's breakthrough moment, expanded and raw.
Janis Joplin Friend Says She Didn’t Die by Overdose
Hotel room witness reveals detail that always concerned her about 1970 tragedy.
Rare Janis Joplin Tracks Featured on 'Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills'
Thirty rare tracks from the sessions for the band's major-label debut collected on upcoming album.
The True Story Behind Janis Joplin's 'Me and Bobby McGee'
The producer who hired Kris Kristofferson to write "Me and Bobby McGee" has been inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame — and the former secretary who inspired it was in the audience.
Michelle Williams in Talks to Star as Janis Joplin
A long-gestating Janis Joplin biopic might eventually star three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams.
Revisiting Janis Joplin's 'Pearl,' Released After Her Death
She wasn't around when this second solo album arrived in January 1971.