Friday, June 27, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Janis Joplin

There are many sad facts about Janis Joplin. When she was in school, her skin broke out and she was overweight, the combination of which led her classmates to torment her and ridicule her. She started recording music in 1962 with the song "What Good Can Drinkin' Do?" Within a period of three years, unfortunately, her drug use was so extreme that her friends noticed a skeletal appearance to her (perhaps to counteract her youthful weight problem) and encouraged her to move home to Port Arthur, Texas to get better.

Janis took a year of courses at Lamar University but in 1966 she joined the band Big Brother and the Holding Company. By 1967 she was performing regularly but was back into drugs. She left Big Brother at the end of 1968 and began performing solo; she did quite well at that but it didn't stop her from using copious amounts of heroin. Indeed, it was believed that a combination of heroin and alcohol took her life at the young age of 27 on October 4, 1970. Some of her last recordings are also her best known ones including "Me and Bobby Mcgee" and "Mercedes Benz" which ironically was used by the company despite it being a song against them and materialistic indulgence in general.

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