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.
Revisiting Janis Joplin's 'Pearl,' Released After Her Death
She wasn't around when this second solo album arrived in January 1971.
Janis Joplin's Car Sells for More Than $1.7 Million
Janis Joplin's famous 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet fetched a record price at an auction.
When Janis Joplin Left Big Brother and the Holding Company
Though far from technically sound, they were the perfect band for her.
Janis Joplin 'Little Girl Blue' Documentary to Air on PBS
Janis: Little Girl Blue, the new Janis Joplin documentary helmed by Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg, has started its limited theatrical run, which will be followed by airings on PBS' American Masters series.
Janis Joplin's Siblings Recall Family Trip to San Francisco in New Documentary Clip
Janis Joplin's sister remembers what happened when they saw their daughter performing with Big Brother & the Holding Company.
The Day Janis Joplin Recorded Her Final Song, 'Mercedes Benz'
'Pearl' was almost completed when the singer did an a cappella take on "Mercedes Benz." Three days later, she overdosed.
Revisiting Janis Joplin's 'I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
Anyone who heard her knockout performances with Big Brother and the Holding Company knew she wouldn't be sticking around for long.
When Janis Joplin Became a Star With 'Cheap Thrills'
One of the most dynamic singers of her generation set the template for anyone standing behind a microphone.