Janis Joplin was the daughter of Seth Ward Joplin, an employee of oil company Texaco , and Dorothy Joplin (born East) was born and had two younger siblings, Michael and Laura. Since she was often alone during her childhood, she turned to art and early poems. After extensive reading of Time magazine she began, blues – and folk music to discover for themselves. Their first public appearance was in 1958 at the Halfway House.
After her 1960 high school had passed final, she went at the age of 17 years of house proceeds to a singer to be. They also tried his hand at some colleges, but broke his visit still early. A year later she had earned a little money and moved to Los Angeles.
Janis Joplin sang, others accompanied by by Jorma Kaukonen (guitarist of Jefferson Airplane ), with 18 years in pubs and folk clubs. Self-taught, trained by records of Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter), Odetta Holmes and Bessie Smith (her biggest role model), became she and her uninhibited, until then for a white singer unique vocal style on “Queen of the (white) Blue Rock . ”
After Janis Joplin in 1962 in Louisiana had been working as a waitress, she came back to Texas soon to her apartment, which later became known to belong Austin in The Ghetto. Soon thereafter called Chet Helms, the manager of Big Brother and the Holding Company , with her on and told her that the band seeking a singer.
Big Brother and the Holding Company
Joplin’s career began in 1966 when, after San Francisco and retired said band followed with the 1967 they successfully at Monterey Pop Festival was incurred by a recording contract with Mainstream received and Big Brother & the Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin brought out there.
Followed in 1968 for Columbia Records Cheap Thrills (Front cover of Robert Crumb ). The second album contained many of their already legendary pieces like the cover of Erma Franklin’s Piece of My Heart and Ball and Chain. After the studio recordings Janis Joplin traveled to Nepal, where it is in the autumn of 1968 for a while in Kathmandu (song line in Cry Baby, “Honey, the road’ll even … end in Kathmandu”) was staying.
Kozmic Blues Band
End of 1968, Joplin separated from the band and put together with their record label together a larger band, the long name was not wearing, but after the next, third album Joplin Kozmic Blues Band was called. The reason was the ambition of Janis Joplin, to open up with a professional band with funk and blues music and new instruments to work, not least professional. This was, among others, the music magazine Rolling Stone betrayal of the ideals of rock music as perceived. In fact, the cooperation in the band was not very good because the musicians did not know before and Janis Joplin high standards – both personally and musically – presented to the musicians.
The band had its most significant appearance in 1969 at the Woodstock Festival . The commitment of the band was missing, which Janis Joplin was not able to live out their usual explosiveness. She looked bloated and exhausted, her voice broke frequently. However, she made a remark about the hippie movement, which was later quoted often: “Previously we were only a few, now there are masses and masses and masses of us.”
The photographs of the Woodstock shows were a result of that lack of commitment and probably due to their own frustration because not very successful and were in part only on Box of Pearls (1999, Sony) and previously the most part of 1993 posthumously on CD (see discography ) by the company ITM published.
Janis Joplin in 1969 came on TV with Ed Sullivan and Dick Cavett on. The interviews with Dick Cavett are on the posthumous album “Janis” and give an idea perpetuated intelligence, wit and profundity of Joplin. Also in 1969, the Kozmic Blues Band went on a two-month European tour. Their only concert in Germany took place on 12 April 1969 in the Centenary Hall in Frankfurt-Hoechst instead. On the official website is under the date 12 April 1969 stated: “Kozmic Blues: two concerts in Frankfurt”. After the end of the Agency Lippmann & Rau called Joplin concert held on the audience to stay, because now a record of American television was still. Recordings of this “second concert,” in which she encouraged the fans, to get on the stage are in the film documentary Janis (1975) to see. The title “Raise Your Hand” on the posthumous LP Farewell song was recorded live at the Frankfurt concert while.