A COCKTAIL TRIBUTE TO
JANIS LYN JOPLIN
January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970
For a child of Woodstock, there is no female singer who holds a candle to Janis Joplin. Her whiskey soaked, bluesy voice and "Screw You" attitude endeared her to a generation of disenfranchised youth. Her music, along with her contemporaries, was the soundtrack to the whole hippie counterculture.
Her love of Southern Comfort is recorded for history by David Dalton, who writes of the contents of Janis' purse in his book "Piece of My Heart":
"two movie stubs, a pack of cigarettes, an antique cigarette holder, several motel and hotel room keys, a box of Kleenex, a compact and various make up cases (in addition to a bunch of eyebrow pencils held together with a rubber band), an address book, dozens of bits of paper, business cards, match box covers with phone numbers written in near-legible barroom scrawls, guitar picks, a bottle of Southern Comfort (empty), a hip flask, an opened package of complementary macadamia nuts from American Airlines, cassettes of Johnny Cash and Otis Redding, gum, sunglasses, credit cards, aspirin, assorted pens and writing pad, a corkscrew, an alarm clock, a copy of Time, and two hefty books-Nancy Milford's biography of Zelda Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel."
Yes, Janis liked her Southern Comfort.
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- Janis' nickname in The Haight was Pearl
- The movie The Rose was based loosely on Janis' life.
- Her last recording was a birthday greeting (Happy Trails To You) for John Lennon.
- Her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean along Stinson Beach, by the San Francisco Bay.
- The first record Joplin ever bought was by Leadbelly.
- She was a huge fan of Billie Holiday, carrying an autobiography of the legendary singer with her to San Francisco.
- She once worked as a computer programmer.