Janis Joplin Apartment

Built in 1905, this four-story apartment house was one of several places famed musician and singer Janis Joplin lived in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco.

One of the most successful rock stars of her era, Joplin was active on the music scene from 1962 until her death in 1970.

She grew up in Texas and was considered an outcast by the majority of her peers. After graduating high school and attending some college, Joplin left Texas in 1963 and hitchhiked with a friend to San Francisco.

Joplin made music connections there — the city was a hotbed for famous musicians during this era — but also drank a ton and began using drugs pretty heavily. She eventually returned to Texas, weighing only 88 pounds. She got clean, returned to school and became engaged.

Although she was reluctant to return to the music business because she felt it went hand-in-hand with drug use, she finally agreed to join the psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, who recruited her for her bluesy voice, and returned to San Francisco.

Joplin made a name for herself at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 when she performed there with Big Brother and the Holding Company. She released two albums with the band before leaving to become a solo artist with her own backing bands.

Joplin, who was known for her incredible stage presence and powerful vocals, performed at Woodstock and five of her singles reached the Billboard Hot 100.

However, her concerns about drugs were valid, as she eventually fell back into her addiction. At age 27, the singer died of a heroin overdose in Los Angeles. She had released two albums with Big Brother and one on her own. A second solo album was put out in 1971, after her death, and it hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

She was posthumously inducted into the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and Rolling Stone ranked her #46 on its 2004 Greatest Artists of All Time list, and #28 on its Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2008.

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