A Personal Photolog: Janis Joplin from Childhood to Her Last Day

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Born on January 19, 1943, Janis Joplin was a successful American songwriter and singer, who became one of the biggest female rock stars of her generation. She debuted in 1967, but her career was cut short when she died in 1970 due to a heroin overdose. She started her career as the lead singer of the psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, but she left the group after two years to start her solo career. She gave us classic hits like Piece of My Heart, Ball ‘n’ Chain, Down on Me, Crybaby, Summertime, and Mercedes Benz. Joplin was highly recognized for her charismatic presence on stage, and she became a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. She will always remain a rock and roll icon, and although she died too soon, her legacy will always live on. Let’s take a look at her life through the photos collected all throughout her career, and celebrate her greatness as one of the best female rock stars in the world.