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Classic Photos of Janis Joplin

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Janis Joplin poses for a portrait in Texas, circa 1960.

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Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Co.

Janis Joplin performs with Big Brother & the Holding Company, circa 1968.

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Janis Joplin Janis Joplin at home, San Francisco, 1967.

Photograph by Baron Wolman

At Home in San Francisco

Janis Joplin poses at home in San Francisco in 1967.  "Janis lived around the corner, so I'd go over to her house and shoot some pictures," photographer Baron Wolman says. "Janis had a dark side and a light side. I worked hard to get the light side. This one was the exception, this is the dark side. There was part of her that was kept hidden by all sorts of demons that she faced in her life."

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Janis Joplin in the Studio, 1968.

Photograph © Daniel Kramer

‘Piece of My Heart’

Photographer Daniel Kramer captures Janis Joplin cutting her 1968 hit "Piece of My Heart" in New York. "Janis wanted a bottle of Southern Comfort, so I accompanied her to a local wine store, then she did a few takes," he recalls. "It was an empty studio, there was no stage or audience, no one to work to — yet she was just incredible."

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Janis Joplin with Clive Davis in 1968.

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Janis Joplin With Clive Davis

Clive Davis with Janis Joplin at a party celebrating Joplin's record deal in 1968. Davis told Rolling Stone of the first time he saw Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Monterey Pop Festival, "Joplin was mesmerizing, like a white tornado."

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Janis Joplin performs at Woodstock

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Janis Joplin performs at Woodstock with the Kozmic Blues Band in August, 1969. Because of delayed sets, bad weather and technical issues, Joplin didn't take the stage until over 10 hours later than scheduled.

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Janis Joplin & Tina Turner, 1969

Michael Ochs Archive

Janis Joplin & Tina Turner

Janis Joplin and Tina Turner perform at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 27th, 1969.

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Festival For Peace

Janis Joplin performs at Shea Stadium in New York as part of a 12-hour Summer Festival For Peace on August 6th, 1970.

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