I wouldn’t be a true hippie if I was not a fan of the late Janis Joplin. Her incomparable vocals, a massive amount of soul, and amazing music made her royalty in a short amount of time. Artists like Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Janis Joplin were the heartbeat of the counter-culture in the 1960s. Janis Joplin even headlined Woodstock in 1969 shaking the stage with her heartfelt performance.
Born in January 1943 Joplin was a fierce spirit who refused to be quiet. She rose to fame during a performance at the Monterey Pop Festival with band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Joplin later left the band to pursue her successful solo career. She took the world by storm performing at music festivals worldwide giving her all. With hits like “Piece of My Heart“, “Cry Baby“, and “Ball n Chain” she won hippie hearts everywhere.
Joplin was not only known for her amazing music and performances but her nasty habits. At a concert thrown by Rolling Stone shortly after Woodstock she was so drunk and high that she tried to get the audience to riot. Many say her music was so soulful because she was troubled and gave it all the pain she had inside.
On October 4th, 1970 Joplin died after an accidental heroin overdose. Her legacy has lived on through the many renditions of her music and many documentaries. Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin often sing her songs in concert in remembrance to their late friend. Artists like Pink, Stevie Nicks, and many others cite Janis Joplin as a huge influence on their music. Next time you ever want to feel the words an artist is singing put any of Janis Joplin’s records on.