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5 Facts About Janis Joplin That Might Surprise You

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The rock and roll legend would have been 73 today.

Janis Joplin was an American music icon. She played guitar, sang, and gave an electric show to every audience. Her Porsche was painted with psychedelic art. She recorded several albums, both solo and with a band. Her most famous performance was probably the infamous 1969 Woodstock, where she got so drunk and high that it was hard for her to sing.

However, she lost her life at the young age of 27 due to a drug overdose. Her talent was cut short and we’ll never know where her career could have gone.

In honor of Janis Joplin’s birthday, here are some things you might not know about the psychedelic superstar.


Texas Roots



Janis Joplin was just a small-town Texas girl before she made it big. She was born in Port Arthur and went to school at both Lamar University in Beaumont and the University of Texas in Austin.



Weight Off Her Shoulders



Janis Joplin was overweight as a teenager. This is a huge contrast to the waify figure she had in her adult life.



Hard-Knock Life



Janice tried several times to quit and avoid drugs. However, after struggling with her addictions, she lost her life to an overdose.



What Could’ve Been



Joplin almost married a man who worked for IBM computers. However, he cut off the engagement and shortly after, Joplin joined Big Brother and the Holding Company and her career took off.



In the Dark



Joplin was unaware that she was playing at Woodstock until a few days before the event, despite the fact that she was advertised as a headliner.


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