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Janis Joplin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin at WoodstockJanis 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. She has been called “the greatest white urban blues and soul singer of her generation.” Joplin’s vocal intensity proved a perfect match for the high-energy music of Big Brother and the Holding Company, resulting in a mix of blues, folk and psychedelic rock. Moreover, her performance with Big Brother at 1967’s Monterey International Pop Festival, a highlight of the film documentary Monterey Pop (1968), is among the great performances in rock history. More on





Janis Joplin performs "To Love Somebody" on the Dick Cavett Show (July 18, 1969)

Janis Joplin live performance of "Piece of my Heart" in Germany, 1968


Rock Hall Video

Rock Hall curatorial director Howard Kramer shares the full story behind 1995 Hall of Fame inductee Janis Joplin's famously psychedelic 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet.

Laura and Michael Joplin accept for Janis Joplin at the 1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions.

Melissa Etheridge inducts Janis Joplin into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

Songwriter Jerry Ragovoy remembers his first meeting with Janis Joplin.

Melissa Etheridge performs Janis Joplin at the 1995 Rock Hall Induction ceremony.

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Janis Joplin interview on the Dick Cavett Show (July 18, 1969)



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