JANIS JOPLIN KOSMIC BLUES V-DYE BIG MEN'S T-SHIRT
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About Janis Joplin
Any woman compelled to belt out the Blues in some seedy bar full of punch-drunk patrons has Janis Joplin to thank for their unusual choice of surroundings.
Like Susan B. Anthony before her, Joplin existed in a predominately male-dominated world and through sheer will alone helped pave the way for other like-minded women.
An awkward and pimple-faced Joplin grew up in Port Arthur, Texas, where she surrounded herself with fellow outcasts, one of which introduced her to such Blues greats as Lead Belly, Bessie Smith, and Big Mama Thornton.
She moved to San Francisco in 1963 and under the influence of several psychotropic substances, began recording demos with Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen.
In 1968 Joplin joined Big Brother and the Holding Company, who together were responsible for “Summertime” and “Piece of My Heart”, two of her most identifiable cover songs.
After a brief stint with the Kozmic Blues Band, Joplin officially launched her solo career in 1971 with the release of Pearl, whose accompanying songs “Cry Baby”, “Mercedes Benz”, and the immortal “Me and Bobby McGee”, cemented her legend as one of the most influential women of her generation.
Sadly, Joplin’s life came to an abrupt end on October 4, 1970, as a result of an apparent heroin overdose.
Influenced: Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith, Melissa Etheridge, Madonna, Joan Jett