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Janis Joplin, San Jose, California, 1968

Janis Joplin, San Jose, California, 1968

 

Up steps a feisty young woman, one month short of her twentieth birthday. “Uh, this is a song called ‘What Good Can Drinkin’ Do’, that I wrote one night after drinkin’ myself into a stupor.”

Janice Joplin had one of the most unique singing voices I’ve ever heard. There is no telling what she would sound like today, if she hadn’t drank and drugged herself to death in 1970. 

Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer, songwriter, and music arranger, from Port Arthur, Texas. She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

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