Janis Joplin’s star rose fast, burned bright and burned out too soon.
The blues-influenced rocker had one of the most powerful voices of the Sixties. Her voice is equal parts tough and vulnerable, a shout into the void that resonated with a generation.
Melissa Etheridge Inducts Janis JoplinMelissa Etheridge Inducts Janis Joplin at the 1995 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Melissa Etheridge Inducts Janis Joplin00:08:07
Janis Joplin's Family's Acceptance Speech00:03:08
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Hall of Fame Essay
She was a rock & roll woman to her toes, a blues singer of unparalleled passion and the greatest white female performer to emerge from the tempest of the late 1960s.
Janis Joplin shot out of Port Arthur, Texas, and blasted west to San Francisco during one of the most creative periods in this country’s cultural history, when an amplified music rose up from a boundless love for the blues and brought to flower a prideful, inspired, authentic American art form.
Driven by the music, Janis Joplin, more than any performer of her day, symbolized the mood of the decade that molded her genius; out of its theatricalities, its eye-popping colors, its peaks, its overdrive sex, it’s impatience, its excitements and its dangers, she made of herself a complete and darling original.
Without trying, Janis became an icon.
Photography: Henry Diltz
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