April 25, 2006

Blender's 50 Most Awesomely Dead Rock Stars

"From Hank to Hendrix". And 48 others to make it a nice round number. Janis Joplin is at #19.

The tortured 28-year-old was still working on her solo debut, Pearl, when she OD'd in Hollywood's Landmark Hotel. Her will left her estate to her family and $2,500 for her friends to "have a ball." Released four months later, Pearl topped the charts for nine weeks and yielded her biggest hit, the No. 1 single "Me and Bobby McGee." Since Joplin’s death, her music has been remastered and collected on numerous greatest-hits collections and a couple of box sets; she received a Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy in 2005.

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