You all may know that Janis Joplin sang at Woodstock in 1969. She even was part of the 27 Club. She died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. Others that died at that age were Jim Morrison of The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. She was an American rock, soul and blues singer-songwriter. She was one of the most successful rock stars of her era. She released four albums, three while she was alive and the fourth, Pearl, was released after her death.
Her most famous hits included “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Piece of My Heart”. Kris Kristofferson wrote “Me and Bobby McGee.” The writers of “Piece of My Heart” were Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Berns. It was originally recorded by Erma Franklin in 1967. Janis Joplin release “Piece of My Heart” in 1968.
A new biography entitled “Janis: Her Life and Music, is set to be published on October 22, 2019 by Simon & Schuster. This biography is an intimate biography of Janis establishing her as the Queen of Rock & Roll. She was a rebel and a tomboy who was intellectually curious.
Her voice screamed of anguish and pain in her most famous song “Piece of My Heart”. It is my favorite one of her songs. She pushed the boundaries of gender and sexuality long before society was able to accept it. She wanted to marry but couldn’t or wouldn’t. She was a Texan who wanted to get away from Texas but could not get away.
The biography is based on access to Janis Joplin’s family, friends, band mates and long lost interviews.
When Janis was found dead in 1979, the announced cause of death was an accidental heroin overdose. Her death, followed a long struggle with substance abuse. Ironically, Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors, also died of a heroin overdose.
Sadly, we can add Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain to the 27 Club of those whose flame was extinguished far too early.
Please listen to “Piece of my Heart” below: