Janis Joplin: How A Middle-Class Texan Girl Became A Rock Music, Counterculture Icon | Texas Public Radio

Janis Joplin: How A Middle-Class Texan Girl Became A Rock Music, Counterculture Icon

Janis Joplin has been called the queen of rock and roll, second only to Bob Dylan as the "creator-recorder-embodiment of her generation's mythology."


Joplin hailed from Port Arthur, Texas, where she struggled to fit in both at home and school.  She left home at 17 then skyrocketed to fame in the 1960s as a singer-songwriter who wove together blues, rock and soul music to create a unique, electric sound. 

Her groundbreaking music took her to incredible heights, including five singles on the Billboard Top 100.

After years of struggling with substance abuse, Joplin died of a heroin overdose on Oct. 4, 1970, at just 27 years old, but her music continues to have a lasting impact.

Guest: Holly George-Warren, author of "JANIS: Her Life and Music"