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International Women's Day: Janis Joplin

Originally Aired: March 8, 2019

International Women’s Day: Janis Joplin

In her 27 years of life, Janis Joplin managed to leave a legacy that will endure for all time. Bullied as a teen, she befriended a group of outcasts who introduced her to the music of Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Lead Belly, who would go on to become her influences. Joplin's distinctive, powerful voice earned her critical acclaim, with some even comparing her to Elvis in her ability to captivate an audience. She is often referenced with Grace Slick as pioneers for women in rock, opening the door for future female singers.