On October 4,1970 Janis died of a heroin overdose in room 105 of the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles. Her chauffeur was the one who discovered her dead on the floor in her room.
Janis was the oldest of three children. She has a younger sister named Laurel Lee and a younger brother name Michael Ross.
When Janis passed she requested to be cremated and her ashes scattered over the Pacific Ocean.
Janis, who was also a close friend to JKris Kristofferson, wrote the song Me & Bobby McGee for her.
Janis was ranked #3 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock 'N' Roll.
Janis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
Janis was a member of her High School Glee Club and The Future Teachers of America club.
Janis' trademark is her raspy voice.
Janis is known to all her fans as "The Pearl".
Janis gained notoriety when the band performed at the Monterey Pop Festival.
Janis headed back home in 1966 where she met up with her friend Chet Helms and he suggested she team up with the band Big Brother and the Holding Company.
In college Janis rough times continued as one year a local fraternity voted her "The Ugliest Man on Campus" in 1963.
Janis played an autoharp in many Austin bars before she reached stardom.
Janis attended Lamar State College then dropped out. She then attended the University of Texas.
Janis attended Thomas Jefferson High School where she spent her teen years as a brunt of jokes due to her being overweight.
Janis parents were common folk from Texas. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a local business college.
Janis was invited as a special guest star on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Janis was a singer In the show Toast of the Town in 1969.
Intimate Portrait: Janis Joplin did a feature on Janis using live footage and interviews with people who knew Janis to portray her life.
In 2001 Nine Hundred Nights used actual live footage of Janis to add to their show.
In 1967 Janis acted in the movie Ball and Chain as a featured actress.
Janis was seen in the movie Petulia in 1968. She was a part of the singing group featured in the movie Big Brother & The Holding Co.
Janis: You know why we're stuck with the myth that only black people have soul? Because white people don't let themselves feel things.
Janis: When I sing, I feel like when you're first in love. It's more than sex. It's that point two people can get to they call love, when you really touch someone for the first time, but it's gigantic, multiplied by the whole audience. I feel chills.
Janis: Well, I was supposed to be on the latest cover of Newsweek, but Eisenhower died. Goddamnit, 14 heart attacks and he had to die in my week.
Janis: The biggest thing in our house was when you learnt to write your name, you got to go and get a library card.
Janis: Texas is okay if you want to settle down and do your own thing quietly, but it's not for outrageous people, and I was always outrageous.
Janis: Onstage I make love to 25,000 people, then I go home alone.
Janis: On stage I make love to twenty five thousand people and then I go home alone.
Janis: My father wouldn't get us a TV, he wouldn't allow a TV in the house.
Janis: My father was like a secret intellectual, a bookreader, a talker, and a thinker. He was very important to me, because he made me think.
Janis: It's a supreme emotional and physical experience-I live for that one hour on stage. It's full of feeling-it's a rush, honey.
Janis: I won't quit to become someone's old lady.
Janis: I got treated very badly in Texas. They don't treat beatniks too good in Texas. Port Arthur people thought I was a beatnik, though they'd never seen one and neither had I.
Janis: I always wanted to be an artist, whatever that was, like other chicks want to be stewardesses. I read. I painted. I thought.
Janis: Guess what, I might be the first hippie pinup girl.
Janis: Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
Janis: Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.