Janis Joplin's Short, Bluesy Life Explored in New Documentary

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UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Janis Joplin Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images (Courtesy of Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Janis Joplin discovered her powerful, bluesy voice while growing up in Port Arthur Texas, but it wasn't until moving to San Francisco that she found herself on the path toward rock stardom and an early demise at the age of 27. Forum looks back on the life and music of Joplin, who once described herself as "one of those regular weird people." We'll talk with Joplin's sister, one of her bandmates and the director of  "Janis: Little Girl Blue," part of PBS' American Masters documentary series, which airs on KQED TV Tuesday night.



  • KQED's Complete Coverage of Janis Joplin's Life and Music


Peter Albin, bassist, Big Brother and the Holding Company

Laura Joplin, Janis Joplin's sister

Rich Unterberger, rock historian and author, "Eight Miles High: Folk-Rock's Flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock"

Alex Gibney, producer, "Janis: Little Girl Blue"