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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. Lavigne has also covered the following songs during live performances:. The movie The Rose, with Bette Midler in the lead role, was loosely based on Joplin's life. Her nickname is Avie. The album Pearl was released six weeks after her death. Sum 41's management still adamantly denies the allegations which has led to conflict. She was cremated in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. Deryck Whibley has recently stated that, in fact, he would be marrying Avril.

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. It was reported in September 2004 that she was engaged to him, but this was subsequently denied by Sum 41's management. She made it there, but it would be one if the last decisions of her life. She also bought a house with him in Beverly Hills. 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 is currently dating Deryck Whibley from the pop punk band Sum 41. 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. In 2003, it was reported that Lavigne was romantically involved with then band member Jessie Colburn.

That group broke up, and Joplin then formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band. Avril Lavigne has made the list of FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2003 and the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2004. 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). According to Lavigne, she had permission to take the picture down—station personnel encouraged her to take it down. (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. During that same interview, she spotted a picture of herself and ripped it up, allegedly saying "I hate that fucking photo!" All this happened while on air. 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. I'm sure she's all smiles.".

However, the lack of success of their early singles led to the album being withheld until after their subsequent success. Reportedly, Lavigne also said about Duff, "I'm sure she's really nice and sweet. The band signed a deal with independent Mainstream Records and recorded an eponymously titled album in 1967. During an interview for a Boston radio station, Lavigne then said that Duff was a "mommy's girl" and a "goody two-shoes." She then said to Duff (who was not present during that interview), "You can go screw yourself". 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. Duff called her "mean-spirited" and said, "You should be happy that these people like you and look up to you.". She was a heavy drinker throughout her career, and her trademark beverage was Southern Comfort. Her "skater chick" fashion style was one of the most imitated of 2002. In March 2004, she became involved in a celebrity feud with Hilary Duff: Duff reportedly criticized Lavigne after she apparently got mad at her fans for dressing like her.

She also used other intoxicants. Madonna previously held the record with her song "Music", which held onto number one for 10 weeks. Around this time her drug use began to increase, and she acquired a reputation as a "speed freak" and occasional heroin user. Her song "Complicated" held the number one spot on the Contemporary Hit Radio chart (which tracks air play on the radio) for 11 weeks in a row. 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. Avril Lavigne broke a record set by Madonna. There, she began singing blues and folk music with friends. She is a smoker.

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. Some of them she bought, and the rest of them she just takes from her dad. She grew up listening to blues musicians such as Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton and singing in the local choir. Lavigne travels with a bag full of about 30 neck ties. Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. Security came, and because I was on top, they threw me out.". Joplin released four albums as the frontwoman for several bands from 1967 to a posthumous release in 1971. She pushed me and I got her down on the floor.

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. "I was at a club and some girl was giving me attitude. Download sample of "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" from I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!. "The other night, I got into three fights," says Lavigne. She has admitted to Rollingstone.com that she got into some fights one night. In late 2004, she had a small pink heart-shaped tattoo featuring the letter 'D' applied to her right wrist - thought to be a reference to boyfriend Deryck Whibley.

Lavigne has a star tattooed on the inside of her left wrist, applied at the same time as friend and musical associate Ben Moody's identical tattoo. Departed band members include Evan Taubenfeld (lead guitar, 2002-04), Mark Spicoluk (bass, 2002) and Jessie Colburn (rhythm guitar, 2002-03). Lavigne's backing band currently features Devin Bronson (lead guitar), Craig Wood (rhythm guitar), Charlie Muniz (bass) and Matt Brann (drums). The third single from Under My Skin is "Nobody's Home".

She made the music video to the track in Actor/Singer Eric West's neighborhood. The second single, "My Happy Ending", reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it her third biggest hit as of late. The first single, "Don't Tell Me", was released early, and as at June 2004, has gone to #1 in Argentina, top 5 in the UK and Canada, and top 10 in Australia, Brazil and a European composite chart. Under My Skin was released on May 25, 2004 and went to #1 around the world, notably in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia and on the Billboard Internet charts.

Lavigne used three producers for Under My Skin, notably:. She also co-wrote one track, "Nobody's Home", with Ben Moody, formerly of Evanescence, and the rest with her former guitarist Evan Taubenfeld. Lavigne wrote most of her second album, Under My Skin, with Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk. She describes her first album as a pop album with "a couple of rock songs on it," and has indicated a desire to write more rock-oriented songs in the future.

Lavigne had a close friendship with Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 and hired a former member of that band Mark Spicoluk as a member of her backing band. In another interview, she listed her current listening tastes as including Blink 182, Sum 41, and System of a Down. While her marketing has been every bit as sophisticated as, for instance, that of Britney Spears and her competitors, a profile in the Washington Post found that in the flesh, her personality reflected the marketing and found her, if anything, something of a wide-eyed innocent, citing the fact that she was intending to purchase her first Ramones CD. She has also often been compared with singers like Vanessa Carlton and Michelle Branch, who emerged at about the same time and were popularly credited, with Lavigne, as part of a trend towards more earnestness and genuine creativity in an often vacuous and pre-fabricated teen pop music market.

The media has often compared her to Alanis Morissette, though she has been criticized for not being as strong a lyricist as Morissette at the same age. Weird Al Yankovic did a parody of "Complicated" on his Poodle Hat album—a sure sign of her impact on popular culture. In the U.K., Lavigne was the youngest female artist ever to have a number one album, although this record was later broken by Joss Stone. Let Go spawned 5 hit singles (the first 3 with The Matrix), in various parts of the world:. As of June 2004, Let Go had sold 14 million albums and reached the number one spot in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada and #2 in the US.

She also has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards but has not won any to date. She was named "Best New Artist" at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards and at the 2003 Juno Awards, where she led all musicians with six nominations, winning four Junos. Her first album, Let Go, was released by Arista on June 4, 2002, and was certified "Quadruple Platinum" less than six months later by the Recording Industry Association of America. Apparently, early attempts to co-write songs for her failed to meet her approval, and she eventually moved to Los Angeles, California and co-wrote her album with Clif Magness and songwriting team The Matrix, whose previous work included songs for Sheena Easton and Christina Aguilera.

Reid, and she subsequently moved to New York City to work on her first album. By the age of 16, she was signed by Arista Records head L.A. She was discovered by her first professional manager while singing country covers at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. Born in Napanee, Ontario to conservative parents, Lavigne grew up singing country music and in a church choir and taught herself guitar.

She was one of the most popular new pop punk artists of 2002, when she released her first album, and is well-known for her "skater punk" persona. Avril Ramona Lavigne (born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. "Straight To Hell" - The Clash. "Song 2" - Blur (on which Lavigne plays drums - vocals by Devin Bronson).

"Let Me Out" - Future Leaders of the World. "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" - Bob Dylan. "Ironic" - Alanis Morisette. "Iris" - Goo Goo Dolls.

"Hey Ya!" - Outkast. "Fuel" - Metallica. "Fat Lip" - Sum41. "Chop Suey" - System Of A Down.

"My Own Worst Enemy" - Lit. "Basket Case" - Green Day. "Nobody's Home" (Video). "Knockin' On Heaven's Door".

"Nobody's Home" (Live Acoustic). "Nobody's Home" (Album Version). "Nobody's Home" - Single (November 15, 2004) Arista

    . "My Happy Ending" (Video).

    "Take Me Away" (Live Acoustic). "My Happy Ending" (Live Acoustic). "Take It". "My Happy Ending" (Album Version).

    "My Happy Ending" - Single (August 2, 2004) Arista; #9 US, #5 UK

      . "Don't Tell Me" (Video). "Take Me Away" (Album Version). "Don't Tell Me" (Live Acoustic Version).

      "Don't Tell Me" (Album Version). "Don't Tell Me" - Single (April 19, 2004) BMG International; #22 US, #5 UK

        . Under My Skin - (2004). "Losing Grip" (Dub).

        "Unwanted" (Live). "I'm With You" (Live). "Losing Grip" (Album Version). "Losing Grip" - Single (May 5, 2003) BMG International; #22 UK

          .

          "I'm With You" (Video). "Unwanted" (Live Version). "I'm With You" (Live Version). "I'm With You" (Radio Edit).

          "I'm With You" - Single (March 3, 2003) BMG; #4 US, #7 UK

            . "Sk8er Boi" (Video). "Nobody's Fool". "Get Over It".

            "Sk8er Boi". "Sk8er Boi" - Single (December 16, 2002) BMG; #10 US, #8 UK

              . "Why". "I Don't Give".

              "Complicated" (The Matrix Mix). "Complicated" - Single (September 23, 2002) BMG International; #2 US, #3 UK

                . Let Go (2002). Don Gilmore, who has produced Good Charlotte and Linkin Park.

                Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace (also Kreviazuk's husband); and. Butch Walker of Marvelous 3;. "Mobile" reached the top ten in Taiwan and went top 40 in New Zealand. "Losing Grip" reached #1 in Canada, #10 Taiwan, #20 Chile and top 50 on a composite European chart; and.

                "I'm With You" reached #1 on the US and world adult charts (based on the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France and Australia) Taiwan and Canada and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100;. "Sk8er Boi" (txt for Skater Boy) went top 10 in the US and Australia and top 30 in Canada;. "Complicated" went to #1 on the US adult charts and in Australia while reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100;.

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