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Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin on the cover of her posthumously-released live album In Concert

Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970) was an American blues-influenced rock, R&B, and soul singer and occasional songwriter with a distinctive voice. Joplin released four albums as the frontwoman for several bands from 1967 to a posthumous release in 1971.

Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. She grew up listening to blues musicians such as Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton and singing in the local choir. Joplin graduated from Jefferson High School in Port Arthur in 1960 and went to college at the University of Texas in Austin, though she never completed a degree. There, she began singing blues and folk music with friends.

Cultivating a rebellious manner that could be viewed as "liberated", Joplin styled herself after the beat poets, left Texas for San Francisco in 1963, lived in North Beach, and worked occasionally as a folk singer. Around this time her drug use began to increase, and she acquired a reputation as a "speed freak" and occasional heroin user. She also used other intoxicants. She was a heavy drinker throughout her career, and her trademark beverage was Southern Comfort.

After a return to Port Arthur to recuperate, she again moved to San Francisco in 1966, where her bluesy vocal style saw her join Big Brother and The Holding Company, a band that was gaining some renown among the nascent hippie community in Haight-Ashbury. The band signed a deal with independent Mainstream Records and recorded an eponymously titled album in 1967. However, the lack of success of their early singles led to the album being withheld until after their subsequent success.

The band's big break came at the Monterey Pop Festival, which included a version of Big Mama Thornton's Ball and Chain and featured a barnstorming vocal by Joplin. (The D.A. Pennebaker documentary Monterey Pop captured Cass Elliott in the crowd silently mouthing "Wow" during part of Joplin's performance.) Their 1968 album Cheap Thrills featured more raw emotional performances and made Joplin's name.

Splitting from Big Brother, she formed a backup group, named the Kozmic Blues Band, which backed her on I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! 1969 (year she played at Woodstock). That group broke up, and Joplin then formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band. The result was the posthumously released Pearl (1971), which featured a hit single in the form of Kris Kristofferson's Me and Bobby McGee and the wry social commentary of Mercedes-Benz, written by beat poet Michael McClure.

Her last public appearance was on The Dick Cavett Show in 1970, where she said that she was going to attend her 10-year high school reunion, although she had formerly said when in high school there she was "laughed out of class, out of school, out of town". She made it there, but it would be one if the last decisions of her life.

Shortly thereafter, Joplin died of an overdose of unusually pure heroin on October 4, 1970 in a Los Angeles, California motel room, at the age of 27. She was cremated in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. The album Pearl was released six weeks after her death. The movie The Rose, with Bette Midler in the lead role, was loosely based on Joplin's life.

She is now remembered best for her powerful, distinctive voice, which was significantly divergent from the soft folk-influenced styles more common at the time, as well as for her lyrical themes of pain and loss.

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She is now remembered best for her powerful, distinctive voice, which was significantly divergent from the soft folk-influenced styles more common at the time, as well as for her lyrical themes of pain and loss. From Greatest Hits, Volume 1. The movie The Rose, with Bette Midler in the lead role, was loosely based on Joplin's life. From Take A Look In The Mirror. The album Pearl was released six weeks after her death. From Untouchables. She was cremated in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. From Issues.

Shortly thereafter, Joplin died of an overdose of unusually pure heroin on October 4, 1970 in a Los Angeles, California motel room, at the age of 27. From Follow The Leader. She made it there, but it would be one if the last decisions of her life. From Life Is Peachy. Her last public appearance was on The Dick Cavett Show in 1970, where she said that she was going to attend her 10-year high school reunion, although she had formerly said when in high school there she was "laughed out of class, out of school, out of town". From KoЯn. The result was the posthumously released Pearl (1971), which featured a hit single in the form of Kris Kristofferson's Me and Bobby McGee and the wry social commentary of Mercedes-Benz, written by beat poet Michael McClure. Most of these videos can be downloaded from KoЯnTV (http://www.korntv.com/).

That group broke up, and Joplin then formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band.
. Splitting from Big Brother, she formed a backup group, named the Kozmic Blues Band, which backed her on I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! 1969 (year she played at Woodstock).
. (The D.A. Pennebaker documentary Monterey Pop captured Cass Elliott in the crowd silently mouthing "Wow" during part of Joplin's performance.) Their 1968 album Cheap Thrills featured more raw emotional performances and made Joplin's name.
. The band's big break came at the Monterey Pop Festival, which included a version of Big Mama Thornton's Ball and Chain and featured a barnstorming vocal by Joplin. This is the band's first line up change.

However, the lack of success of their early singles led to the album being withheld until after their subsequent success. Brian "Head" Welch, citing religious/moral objections to the band's music, left KoЯn on February 22, 2005. He has turned highly religious, even being baptized in the Jordan River. The band signed a deal with independent Mainstream Records and recorded an eponymously titled album in 1967. The band continues to progress and experiment with new sounds, including never-before-heard in KoЯn songs, guitar solos. The band completed their record deal with Sony Records and now plans to release their future albums themselves, setting a new precedent for big name artists. After a return to Port Arthur to recuperate, she again moved to San Francisco in 1966, where her bluesy vocal style saw her join Big Brother and The Holding Company, a band that was gaining some renown among the nascent hippie community in Haight-Ashbury. The other is a cover of the three parts of Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall. She was a heavy drinker throughout her career, and her trademark beverage was Southern Comfort. The first single is a cover of Cameo's 1980s hit, Word Up.

She also used other intoxicants. As of 2004, the group have remained successful: KoЯn recently released a greatest hits album, with two cover versions as singles. Around this time her drug use began to increase, and she acquired a reputation as a "speed freak" and occasional heroin user. This band is also notable for its collaborations with some hip hop artists, like Ice Cube and Nas. Cultivating a rebellious manner that could be viewed as "liberated", Joplin styled herself after the beat poets, left Texas for San Francisco in 1963, lived in North Beach, and worked occasionally as a folk singer. The group's music is a blend of pounding, tribal drums and loud, distorted seven-string guitars, and has gained the band popularity throughout the years. There, she began singing blues and folk music with friends. Davis' distinctive singing—often a series of grunts, whines and bizarre scats—and his lyrics, are inspired in part by his alleged child abuse by an unnamed party.

Joplin graduated from Jefferson High School in Port Arthur in 1960 and went to college at the University of Texas in Austin, though she never completed a degree. KoЯn are often cited as inspiring the wave of nu metal bands that appeared in the late 1990s and early 2000s; they are credited for giving significant boosts to Limp Bizkit and Deftones. She grew up listening to blues musicians such as Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton and singing in the local choir. When Davis joined the band in 1993, they changed their name to KoЯn, releasing their debut album KoЯn through Epic/Immortal Records in October 1994. Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. They later changed their name to Creep. Joplin released four albums as the frontwoman for several bands from 1967 to a posthumous release in 1971. They originally formed as LAPD (which stood for Love And Peace Dude), which consisted of all five members apart from singer Jonathan Davis.

Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970) was an American blues-influenced rock, R&B, and soul singer and occasional songwriter with a distinctive voice. KoЯn is a nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, United States. Download sample of "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" from I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!. The songs were performed by various other bands on the soundtrack album. The Queen of the Damned - Music and lyrics written and performed (in the movie) by Jonathan Davis. Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life - Did My Time.

Spawn - Kick the P.A., with Dust Brothers. End of Days - The Camel Song. The Crow: City of Angels - Sean Olsen. I Know What You Did Last Summer - Proud.

Another Brick in the Wall. Word Up. Everything I've Known. Y'all Want a Single.

Right Now. Did My Time. Alone I Break. Thoughtless.

Here To Stay. Somebody Someone. Make Me Bad. Falling Away From Me.

Freak on a Leash. Got The Life. A.D.I.D.A.S.. Shoots and Ladders.

Clown. Faget. Blind. Korn Kovers, due for release in 2005.

Greatest Hits, Volume 1, 2004. Take A Look In The Mirror, 2003. Untouchables, 2002. Issues, 1999.

Follow the Leader, 1998. Life Is Peachy, 1996. KoЯn, 1994.

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