PIECE OF HER HEART, CA. 1969
The singer, who in 1970 died of an overdose at 27, is being immortalized in the new Broadway show A Night with Janis Joplin.
THE OUTSIDER, CA. 1968
Joplin (in her third year of high school) was bullied as a teen. “I think it drove her,” says Laura, who adds that her sister “got flack” for speaking out against segregation.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, 1967
Visiting blue-collar Port Arthur, Texas, for Christmas, the rising star got “no special treatment,” says Michael (with parents Seth and Dorothy and sisters Laura and Janis). “Mother made her sleep on the couch.”
BIG SISTER, CA. 1962
“Janis read me bedtime stories and taught me guitar,” says Laura, 64. “She gave me the guitar [in this photo].” Joplin was also an artist. “She was very good at painting and drawing—that’s what she first wanted to do,” says Michael, 60. “We’d sit on the bed talking about how to look at the world.” Most of all, “Janis loved to laugh.”
THE PRODIGY, CA. 1946
Joplin (with her mom) “started playing piano as soon as she could sit on the bench,” says Laura. “She would play and Mother would sing. Music was always part of our lives.” Adds Michael: “We all played instruments.”