40 years ago yesterday, Janis Joplin departed from this world. As white woman, successfully singing a black man’s genre, she helped to tear down barriers of both race and sex, while also pushing the boundaries of the blues as a performance art. Hair flying and screaming her head off, Janis forever changed the way the world would look at the blues, women, and music in general.
Janis forever became a member of the 27 Club when she tragically died of a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970. Light a candle, have a drink, and listen to this boot in Janis’ memory.