Born: January 19, 1943
Port Arthur, Texas
Died: October 4, 1970
Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas. She would later become one of the most influential musicians in American music history. This iconic singer and artist has been given the informal title "Queen of Rock." Although Joplin's early years which included attending Port Arthur Schools, Port Arthur College and Lamar University, Beaumont were not uncommon, Joplin was a true individual. Stepping out from the conformity of the 1950s, she eventually found herself in California.
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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