Janis Joplin

With a rasping voice punctuated by wild screeching, singer Janis Joplin emerged from the burgeoning San Francisco music community of the late-1960s to become one of music history's most important performers. Combining ... Read more »
Born: 01/18/1943 in Port Arthur, Texas, USA

Filmography

Music (24)

A Little Bit of Heaven 2011 (Movie)

("Mercedes Benz") (Song)

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

("Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)") (Song Performer)

Watchmen 2009 (Movie)

("Me And Bobby McGee") (Song Performer)

Introducing the Dwights 2007 (Movie)

("Piece Of My Heart") (Song Performer)

Introducing the Dwights 2007 (Movie)

("Move Over") (Song)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

("Piece Of My Heart") (Song Performer)

The Town is Quiet 2001 (Movie)

("Cry Baby") (Song Performer)

Three Kings 1999 (Movie)

("Mercedes Benz") (Song)

Karaoke Verite 1998 (Movie)

("Mercedes Benz") (Song Performer)

Lakota Woman: Seige at Wounded Knee 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song

Janis 1994 (Movie)

("Me and Bobby McGee" "Mercedes Benz") (Song Performer)

The Indian Runner 1991 (Movie)

("Summertime") (Song Performer)

Woodstock: Return to the Planet of the '60s 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Jimi Plays Monterey 1989 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Look Who's Talking 1989 (Movie)

("Cry Baby") (Song Performer)

'68 1988 (Movie)

("Piece of My Heart") (Song Performer)

Sgt. Pepper: It Was Twenty Years Ago Today 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Chilly Scenes of Winter 1979 (Movie)

("Get It While You Can") (Song Performer)

Coming Home 1978 (Movie)

("Call on Me") (Song Performer)

Die Sachverstaendigen 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

Monterey Pop 1968 (Movie)

("Ball and Chain") (Song Performer)

Monterey Pop 1968 (Movie)

("Combination of the Two") (Song)

Dominoes: A Portrait of a Decade (TV Show)

Song Performer

Woodstock: The Lost Performances (TV Show)

Song Performer
Actor (6)

Festival Express 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimi Plays Monterey 1989 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Janis 1973 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Woodstock 1970 (Movie)

(1994 director's cut) (Actor)

Monterey Pop 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

With a rasping voice punctuated by wild screeching, singer Janis Joplin emerged from the burgeoning San Francisco music community of the late-1960s to become one of music history's most important performers. Combining rhythm-and-blues with rock-n-roll, Joplin burst onto the scene with her first band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, following an explosive performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Though marred by serious alcohol and heroin addiction, she managed to rise from obscurity to become arguably the most popular female singer of her day, thanks in part to the band's second album, Cheap Thrills (1968), which featured the hit "Piece of My Heart." But drugs took their toll with the band, leading to Joplin's departure at the end of the year in pursuit of a solo career. She found a fuller sound with the Kozmic Blues Band, which performed at the Woodstock Music Festival in August 1969, but again an excessive lifestyle led to the band breaking up. She emerged the following year with Full Tilt Boogie, a group of polished musicians who finally gave Joplin the space for her voice to fully bloom. With several notable performances and appearances on television, Joplin's new band seemed poised for great things. But her death from an accidental overdose while recording the posthumously released Pearl (1971) - which featured her most remembered songs, "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Mercedes Benz" - ended any realization for their full potential. Regardless of the hard-living and pain endured in life, Joplin was regarded as a pioneer for female rock singers, having reached enormous popularity in a world previously dominated by men, while often being cited as one of the greatest musical artists of all time.

Relationships

Kris Kristofferson Actor

Companion
Briefly involved 1969

Johnny Winter Actor

Boyfriend

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