Janis Joplin - From a Conservative Background to a Counter Culture Icon

  • Published 6 years ago
  • Not Rated

The female icon of 60s counter culture, came from the most conservative background. Texan by birth, she came from a hometown built around the oil industry which the locals called it “The smell of money”.

Born in 1943 in a family where her father work in a refinery, Joplin became one of the icons of the counter culture with a hit song after hit song.

It was in her teens when it became obvious that Joplin would not succumb to the narrow world of prom queens. By her junior year, she had died her hair orange, something that was unimaginable at the time. Even her sister noticed that Janis was changed, as the famous singer became more active in political world than before.

Janis started her singing career singing at bars, one of the first called “The Coffee Gallery”. It was there where she met one of her first boyfriends, called J.T. It was also the time when Janis became addicted to speed and other drugs. One of her friends recalls the period as it “damn near killed her”.

The documentary definitely brings sad emotions, and grief for one of the best singers of the 20th century. You will get a chance to see a high school interview which definitely brings tears to the eyes. Nevertheless, Joplin will be remembered as one of the greats, despite the fact that she lived only 27 years. Some might argue that she is in that mystery 27 club, but we leave those conspiracy theories for some other time.

From Around the Web

Related Videos

Personal Triumphs
the beatles sound
youtube icon
Media +2

There have been many documentaries about The Beatles. After all, they are widely regarded as one of the most successful bands of all time. The Beatles created music that is s...

  • 13,754
  • 5 years ago
  • 9.1(14)
forks over knives
youtube icon

Back in 2011, we got one of the best food documentaries. It has been six years since, and we still haven’t addressed the main issue of the documentary. Forks over knives...

  • 7,841
  • 5 years ago
  • 5.9(15)
Personal Triumphs
john mayer
youtube icon
Music +2

When you think of solo artists, you rarely think of John Clayton Mayer. But he is definitely one of the most influential artists of his generation. The “Someday I’ll Fly�...

  • 8,061
  • 5 years ago
  • 10(5)
mac barnett
youtube icon

We live in an era where people read fewer and fewer books. Especially children. With all this technology and advancement we have, children’s books are becoming rarity. Chil...

  • 7,345
  • 5 years ago
  • 7.5(4)

4,823 Videos / 17,979,297 Views
Related Articles
Betty Cohen founded Cartoon Network in 1992, and she brought some of our favorite cartoons to life
  • 13,171
  • 5 years ago
From the outside, Huaxi is dubbed as a socialist village. But on the inside, it is actually a capitalist corporation, m...
  • 19,059
  • 5 years ago
Between running a print shop, starting the first lending library in America, engineering the postal system, and helping ...
  • 6,932
  • 5 years ago
Not all streets are created equal. Some are more beautiful, some serve as a history lesson, and others are just stunning
  • 6,314
  • 5 years ago