7. Janis Joplin
Singer-songwriter Janis Joplin was one of the most successful and influential female rock stars of all time. The gifted star died of a heroin overdose at the early age of 27. ‘60s-era rock stars Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison died of drug overdoses at age 27, as well.
Joplin was a groundbreaking artist with a one-of-a-kind talent for singing and performing. Unfortunately, she also had a predilection for heroin, amphetamines, and alcohol. Her heavy drinking and drug use created some tension between the vocalist and her bandmates.
Joplin’s innovative blend of blues, folk, and psychedelic rock made her one of the most iconic figures of her generation. Her legendary performance at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival is still considered one of the greatest rock performances of all time. Her most successful album, Pearl, was also her last; the bestselling album was released posthumously after her death. We will never know how much more she could have accomplished if her life hadn’t been tragically cut short by her addictions.
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