Before she died from a heroin overdose in 1970, Janis Joplin seemed to be getting her life in order. She claimed to have kicked her drug habit and had enlisted a new backing band and a 21-year-old boyfriend. By all accounts, Joplin was throwing herself into a new series of recordings. And though she succumbed to her demons, the product of her frenetic last months was released in 1971 as the album Pearl. It proved to be Joplin’s most successful release, going triple platinum and garnering critical praise.
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