Janis Joplin Died 50 Years Ago, October 4th!
Janis Joplin died in room 105 of the Landmark hotel (now the Highland Gardens Hotel) on the corner of Franklin and North Sycamore avenues in Hollywood 50 years ago on October 4th 1970. She was found dead on the floor at the bedside of an accidental heroin overdose. Today there’s a shrine in the room’s closet, the inner wall covered with notes to the singer.
Janis was "the hippie queen of show business," and sang the blues in a style all her own, without compromising soul. Not bad for a white girl from Texas; but she was a tortured soul, as were many legendary blues musicians. Ultimately her pains were too much for this world, and she left this world on top leaving her imprint in our minds and generations to come as the model hippie flower child.
Besides her music and her voice, she is remembered for Woodstock, for over size sunglasses, psychedelic beads, bell bottoms, feathers, and flowers in her hair. Today her memory lives on in timeless fashion with Get Down Art Tie Dyes and as Canvas Prints.
"I know that you got things to do and places to be. I guess I’ll have to find the thing you placed on me. I may wind up in the street or sleep beneath a tree. Still, I guess you know, honey, I’ve gotta go."
-Janis Joplin, Bye, Bye Baby
Janis, you may be gone, but you will never be forgotten.