Shortly after arriving in California, Joplin joined Big Brother and the Holding Company as their lead singer and made the album Cheap Thrills in 1968 which earned a gold record. Joplin left the group to pursue a solo career and recorded the album I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama which also went gold in 1969. At the time of her death she was working on another album, Pearl. Joplin received posthumous gold records in 1971 for Pearl and for the hit single from this album, "Me and Bobby McGee." Other albums released posthumously are Joplin in Concert (Gold, 1972) and Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits (Gold).
The Museum's Music Hall of Fame features a permanent exhibit on the life and career of Janis Joplin with a wide array of artwork, personal effects, photographs and memorabilia as well as a replica of Joplin's painted Porsche. Audio-visual touch screens allow visitors to see and hear samples of Janis' soulful performances. The Museum's gift shop offers a wide variety of souvenirs commemorating Joplin's influence and worldwide impact. Visitors may also enjoy seeing Port Arthur sites related to the life of Janis Joplin. A downloadable driving tour brochure is available below and hard copies are available at the Museum.
Janis Joplin Road Trip
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