Janis Joplin was a very talented yet very controversial figure. In 1969, she was arrested in Tampa Florida during a gig for using vulgar and indecent language to a policeman. She called a detective a son of a bitch and told him she would kick him in the face. The incident arose when she became upset by the actions of the police, who entered the hall and forced fans to move back into their seats.
She was later released on bail.
Joplin always had a love for music; she sang in her church choir as a child and later in life gravitated towards blues and jazz music. She initially rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer in the band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Their album Cheap Thrills was a huge success, but following a rift in the band Janis left.
Later, during her solo career, she broke new ground for women in rock music and became known for her powerful blues-inspired vocals. Janis was different to female folk icons of the time, who were known for a more gentle sound. Her second solo album was her most successful but she died of an accidental drug overdose before it was released.
In 2008 Janis was ranked 28 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Singers of all Time.