38 years ago today, Janis Joplin was found dead in her motel room. The cause of death was a heroin overdose, possibly accidental. She was just 27 years old.
Many of us boomers think highly of the 1960s, and Janis Joplin was one of the true standout artists of that talent-saturated period. Her looks, her swagger, her drug abuse, her odd affairs with people like Leonard Cohen, and most of all her voice — she sure had a lot of difficult things to pull herself through; and in the end she didn’t make it. But we are all the richer for her life and all the poorer for her untimely death.