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Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin stopped listeners in their tracks in the late 1960s as the electrifying singer for the psychedelic/acid rock act Big Brother and the Holding Company. Though her tenure with them would last through only two LPs, it provided the platform for a jaw-dropping debut at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, plus the feisty smash “Piece of My Heart.”

By the end of the decade, the “Queen of Psychedelic Soul” went solo, releasing her debut I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! and thrilling audiences at Woodstock. However, right as her star was rising, she died tragically of a drug overdose in 1970 at just 27 years old, stunning fans and creating an immediate frenzy for more material.

In 1971, the already completed Pearl (featuring Kris Kristofferson-penned “Me and Bobby McGee”) was posthumously released, shooting straight to number one and eventually earning quadruple-platinum status. Joplin’s spirit has lived on through a series of tribute concerts, album reissues, and an Off-Broadway play. Sadly, after decades of negotiations spent trying to bring her life to film, a true biopic is still delayed due to legal issues.

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