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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. In a television interview, Judas Priest members commented that if they wanted to insert subliminal commands in their music, killing their fans would be counterproductive, and they would prefer to insert the command "Buy more of our records.". The movie The Rose, with Bette Midler in the lead role, was loosely based on Joplin's life. The suit was eventually dismissed on its merits, as the band had pointed out that if you were to play any song backwards and tell someone there was a message, it'll sound as though there actually is. The album Pearl was released six weeks after her death. The plaintiffs alleged a subliminal message of "do it" had been included in the song "Better by You Better Than Me" (from the Stained Class album) which triggered the suicide attempt. She was cremated in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. In 1990, the band was involved in a civil action that alleged they were responsible for the suicide attempts in 1985 of two Nevada boys (James Vance and Ray Belknap).

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. John Ellis - drums (1969-1971). She made it there, but it would be one if the last decisions of her life. Alan 'Skip' Moore - drums (1971-1973, 1975-1977). 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". Chris 'Congo' Campbell - drums (1972-1973). 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. John Hinch - drums (1973-1975).

That group broke up, and Joplin then formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band. Simon Phillips - drums (1977). 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). Les Binks - drums (1977-1979). (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. Dave Holland - drums (1979-1989). 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. Alan Atkins - vocals (1967-1973).

However, the lack of success of their early singles led to the album being withheld until after their subsequent success. Tim 'Ripper' Owens - vocals (1996 - 2003). The band signed a deal with independent Mainstream Records and recorded an eponymously titled album in 1967. Scott Travis - drums (1989 - present). 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. Ian Hill - bass guitars (1969 - present). She was a heavy drinker throughout her career, and her trademark beverage was Southern Comfort. Downing - guitars (1969 - present).

She also used other intoxicants. K.K. Around this time her drug use began to increase, and she acquired a reputation as a "speed freak" and occasional heroin user. Glenn Tipton - guitars (1974 - present). 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. Rob Halford - vocals (1973-1991, and from 2003 onwards). There, she began singing blues and folk music with friends. A new studio album, named Angel of Retribution was released on March 1st, 2005 (U.S)(on Sony Music/Epic Records) and a global tour in support of the album is currently underway.

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. 'Ripper' is now the singer of Iced Earth. She grew up listening to blues musicians such as Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton and singing in the local choir. Judas Priest and 'Ripper' Owens parted amicably. Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. media covering the event. Joplin released four albums as the frontwoman for several bands from 1967 to a posthumous release in 1971. The reunited Judas Priest also co-headlined the Ozzfest in 2004, being named as the "premier act" by almost all U.S.

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. After more than twelve years apart, Judas Priest and original lead vocalist Rob Halford announced in July 2003 that they were reunited, with a hugely successful live concert tour having taken place in 2004. Download sample of "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" from I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!. Judas Priest have released fifteen studio albums to date, the first being Rocka Rolla in 1974 and the latest being Angel of Retribution in 2005. These events were the inspiration for the film Rock Star, although Owens did not actually participate in the production of the movie. Halford left the band in the 1990s and was replaced by Tim 'Ripper' Owens, who was plucked from obscurity having previously sung in a Judas Priest tribute band.

Overall, the band has sold in excess of 35 million albums globally. Judas Priest's 1980 album British Steel was perhaps the first heavy metal album to be recorded in a concise format with radio-friendly songs with pop hooks, pioneering an approach used by others (Quiet Riot, Dokken, Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Accept, Def Leppard) to taste commercial success. Downing and Glenn Tipton. One of the originators of heavy metal, with Rob Halford's lead vocals notable for their high-pitched screams, they also feature an innovative two-lead-guitar sound and are particularly noted for their complex guitar duets courtesy of K.K.

Downing and Glenn Tipton, and Ian Hill on bass duties. Often called just Priest, the band's classic line-up consists of vocalist Rob Halford, the guitar duet of K.K. Judas Priest is a hugely influential heavy metal band formed in 1969 in Birmingham, England. Angel of Retribution - 2005.

Electric Eye - 2003 (Live DVD). Live in London - 2002 (Live album and DVD). Demolition - 2001. Genocide - 2000.

Live Meltdown - 1998 (Live 1998). Jugulator - 1997. Painkiller - 1990. Ram It Down - 1988.

Priest...Live! - 1987 (Live 1986). Turbo - 1985. Defenders of the Faith - 1984. Screaming for Vengeance - 1982.

Point of Entry - 1981. British Steel - 1980. Unleashed in the East - 1979 (Live in Japan 1979). Hell Bent for Leather - 1979 (released as Killing Machine in the UK).

Stained Class - 1978. Sin After Sin - 1977. Sad Wings of Destiny - 1976. Rocka Rolla - 1974.

Label: Sony Music. Time: 1967 till present. Status: Active. Origin: Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Genres: Heavy metal, Hard rock, Classic metal.

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