Why Janis Joplin left Big Brother & the Holding Company
In this excerpt from Janis: Little Girl Blue, Janis’ letter home reveals a glimpse of the troubles she had with her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company.
Even though Janis and the band were widely popular, and had released a Gold-certified album, Cheap Thrills — still considered one of the band’s best — Janis’ stardom soon overshadowed the band. She left within a year to form her own group, the Kozmic Blues Band, and launched a solo career.
Letter Home Reveals Janis’ Greatest Ambition
In this film excerpt from Janis: Little Girl Blue, Chan Marshall narrates Janis’ letter home to family shortly after her 27th (and final) birthday. The letter reveals a glimpse into her off-stage struggles, mostly rooted in her reckless lifestyle and strong desire to be loved.