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Tweet Near the end of 2012, the latest attempt to make a biopic about Janis Joplin features a young actress and singer named Nina Arianda. While her name is not a household word, she has experience on the musical stage and is said to have a throaty, hoarse vocal quality much like Janis herself. As a movie actress, she has appeared in several films, but she has a large legacy of missteps to overcome to successfully become Joplin onscreen. There have been many stabs at making a film biography about the flamboyant singer over the years since her tragic death … Continue reading
Tweet Me and Bobby McGee was Janis Joplin’s only number 1 hit , and it was 1 of only 2 posthumous number 1 songs in rock history – along with Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay, by Otis Redding. The song was written by Kris Kristofferson, who was a lifelong friend of Janis, and her lover as well during the spring of 1970. He did not know that she had recorded his song and only heard it shortly after he got the news about her death at 27. The song was recorded for the album Pearl which was actually … Continue reading
Tweet Janis Joplin was found dead on the 4th of October, 1970, at the age of 27 years and 258 days. She had been the singer and songwriter for the Full Tilt Boogie Band, The Kozmic Blues Band, and the seminal San Francisco group known as Big Brother and the Holding Company. Her official cause of death was an overdose of heroin complicated with alcohol abuse. Joplin was expected at a recording session on October 4 and her producer, Paul Rothchild, worried about her being late without notification. He went to the Landmark Hotel where she was staying, and seeing … Continue reading