Janis Joplin's house
Perhaps best known for her raspy, soulful and powerful songs "Piece of My Heart" and "Me and Bobby McGee," Janice Joplin (1943-1970) was a singer and songwriter who was seemingly born to experience and contribute to the full measure of what the late 1960s had to offer--for better and for worse. She lived here in 1967 and 1968.
In June 1966, a San Francisco promoter recruited Joplin to move to the city by the bay (from Texas) and join the band Big Brother and the Holding Company. The band enjoyed mainstream success through 1968. Joplin then left the band to form her own, called the Kozmic Blues Band, which existed for only a year. The following year (1970), Joplin founded another band, Full Tilt Boogie Band, which toured alongside the Grateful Dead among others across North America.
Big Brother and the Grateful Dead actually lived together briefly in the late summer of 1966 (not in San Francisco), an arrangement that reportedly influenced Joplin to fall into hard core drug use. Throughout her brief career, Joplin fell in and out of drug and alcohol addiction, a vice that ultimately claimed her life. In October 1970, Joplin overdosed on heroin in a Los Angeles hotel. She was 27.
122 Lyon St.