One of the most powerful singers of the Sixties found her voice in San Francisco. A blues aficionado, Janis Joplin was drawn to the purest source material—Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Lead Belly—while living a lonely adolescence. Joplin performed folk blues on the coffeehouse circuit before joining Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1966. She sang with feverish power, finding a release in Big Brother’s psychedelic blues-rock. Joplin died of a drug over-dose on October 4, 1970, while working on her second solo album. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
Robert Crumb was one of the founders of the underground comics movement. He designed the cover of Cheap Thrills, the first album by Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company.view artifact