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Janis Joplin One of the most influential women singers of the 1960s was Janis Joplin Blues legend Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19 1943 during a period of global conflict and uncertainty that was in many ways the essence and trademark of her own short lie Janis was the eldest child of parents Seth and Dorothy Joplin They would have two more children Laura and Michael Janis was born and raised in the small Southern petroleum industry town of Port Arthur Texas Her father was a canning factory worker her mother a registrar at a local business college Her non-aberrational upbringing coupled with the atmosphere of Port Arthur at the time generally restrictive intolerant and unnurturing must have made even Janis early childhood difficult However according to friends and relatives to whom she was well known Janis was a normal and happy child who fit well within societal norms of the time As a child Janis was timid She was also very intelligent as well as artistic Around the age of eight Janis was taking art lessons She received straight As in school sang in a choir loved to read and spent a lot of time helping out at the library and at the church Janis was so smart that during her elementary school years she skipped a grade Janis tried very hard to fit in during her high school years It was in Janis adolescence that the hang-ups and hassles that were to affect the path of the rest of her life In a sense her rigid upbringing played a large part in making Janis who she was This would never have been admitted at the time but predictably the Port Arthur ethic created a fire inside Janis and kept it burning until her death Janis troubles began when she was a teenager with her good looks gradually began to disintegrate her soft blonde hair turned into an unruly brown mane
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