Janis Joplin died in October 1970 so I was only a few months old at the time, so there is no way I could remember her music, my parents didn’t listen to particularly rocky music or the blues, so I can’t have heard her from them either. However, by the time I was 15 I was listening to her music, and 25 years later I still do. Possibly a glowing reference for her as a singer and the musicians she worked with.
Janis grew up in Port Arthur a southern town in the USA and had a healthy interest in music and the arts from an early age. She toured all the local small venues of the time both singing and watching other performers play until she settled in as a student at Austin Texas. This however, was to be short lived as her experimentation with drugs got out of hand and sent her back home to take a view of where her life was going.
Then Chet helms, an old friend who had settled in San Fransisco contacted her to audition with an unknown band, she got the gig and was soon playing with Big Brother and the Holding Company. from here her career really began to take off………..
Part 2 to follow