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Today in History: Janis Joplin dies of Drug Overdose (1970)

Janis Joplin concocted her own brand of music but could not be constrained under a single musical genre. She was one too many all on her own. A music great and free spirit, Joplin’s voice and psychedelic life have been immortalized in her music.

Joplin skyrocketed from faceless performer to music icon in a span of 4 years. She set out on her way to Los Angeles in 1963. Her Monterey International Pop Festival performance of Ball and Chain in 1967 ushered her into the subconscious of the young 60s generation. In addition, her rock and roll lifestyle was never dull. Alcohol binges and drug abuse were prevalent during her time, only, Joplin elevated it to a level that would cement her own place in music history.

Though she reached superstar status during her solo career, it was her time with the groups Big Brother and the Holding Company that escalated her fame to immeasurable, incalculable heights. Her performances were characterized by her no-holds-barred persona and approach to music. Her lyrical prowess matched with a dynamic vocal range made her performances one of the most memorable attractions of the Woodstock Music Festival. The Queen of Psychedelic Soul was a rebellious spirit and her music became testament to that.

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She sang for the world and she was loved for it. Her performances had the world singing along. But the rock and roll lifestyle proved to be too much, even for Janis Joplin. On this fateful day in 1970, Joplin was found dead in her hotel room. She was supposed to show up for a recording session but she didn’t make it. She didn’t get to see Pearl released, which is probably the best album she had ever recorded. She was 27.

All information used in this article were sourced from History, Janis Joplin website

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