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As a rock star, Janis Joplin wowed audiences from Austin to Paris. She achieved fame and fortune but little inner peace. Born in Port Arthur, she was an outcast in high school, exhibiting symptoms of alcoholism and sexual problems. In Austin she performed at Threadgill’s, where the proprietor, country singer Kenneth Threadgill, became her mentor and friend. Joining the rock band Big Brother in 1966, she soon was headed for the big time. Success brought a price, however, and Joplin died in 1970 of an overdose of drugs and alcohol. Among her accolades, she was called “the best white blues singer in American history” and “the greatest female singer in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.”