Janis Joplin Net Worth

Janis Joplin Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Janis Lyn Joplin net worth is
$5 Million

Janis Lyn Joplin Wiki Biography

Janis Lyn Joplin was born on the 19th January 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas USA, and she passed away on the 4th October 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was best known for being a musician and singer, who released four albums – “Big Brother And The Holding Company” (1967), “Cheap Thrills” (1968), “I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!” (1969), and “Pearl” (1971). Her musical career was active from 1962 to 1970.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Janis Joplin was? It was estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of Janis’ net worth was over $5 million, which was accumulated through her successful involvement in the music scene as a singer.

Janis Joplin Net Worth $5 Million

Janis Joplin was brought up with two younger siblings by her parents Dorothy Bonita East, who worked as a registrar at a business college, and Seth Ward Joplin, who was an engineer. From an early age she started singing, when she became a member of a local choir. She attended Thomas Jefferson High School, from which she matriculated in 1960. Afterwards, she became a student at the Lamar State College of Technology in Beaumont, Texas, and later she transferred to the University of Texas at Austin; however, she didn’t graduate because she quit education and began pursuing a career in the world of music.

Janis’ career began in the early 1960s, collaborating with Jorma Kaukonen, who later became guitarist of the famous band Jefferson Airplane, recording several popular blues standards, and songs such as “Typewriter Talk”, “Kansas City Blues”, and “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out”. However, she became addicted to drugs, returned home and entered a rehabilitation center.

After a few years of drug free life, Janis returned to her musical career, and was spotted by the band Big Brother And Holding Company. She became a member of the band, and with them released two albums, before she decided to launch a solo career. During that time her net worth began to increase, due to the success of the band, and she became recognised as the premier female vlues singer of the decade, partly because of her rough but controlled voice, and her emotional renditions.

To speak of her solo career, Janis released one album, entitled “I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!”, which reached No. 5 on the US Top 200 chart, and achieved platinum status, increasing her net worth by a large margin. After the release, Janis went on a tour, which also added a lot to the overall size of her net worth. She also started working on her second album; however she fell into drug addiction again, and died before the album could be released. Nevertheless, it came out in 1971, entitled “Pearl”, which achieved four times platinum status.

Thanks to her skills, Janis received numerous accolades, but most of them came after her death, including Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame induction in 1995, and Grammy Lifetime achievement award in 2005.

When it comes to speak about her personal life, Janis Joplin was 27 years old when she passed away from an apparently accidental heroin overdose.

Full NameJanis Joplin
Net Worth$5 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 19, 1943
Place Of BirthPort Arthur, Texas, United States
Height5' 6" (1.68 m)
ProfessionSoundtrack, Actress, Cinematographer
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin, Lamar University, Memorial High School
ParentsDorothy Joplin, Seth Joplin, Me and Bobby McGee, Piece of My Heart, Kozmic Blues
SiblingsLaura Joplinová, Michael Joplin, Me and Bobby McGee, Piece of My Heart, Kozmic Blues
AwardsGrammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Me and Bobby McGee, Piece of My Heart, Kozmic Blues
Music GroupsBig Brother and the Holding Company, Full Tilt Boogie Band, Kozmic Blues Band, Me and Bobby McGee, Piece of My Heart, Kozmic Blues
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
1Shoulder-length brown hair
2Distinctive raspy voice
1Most television shows are such shit, like selling plastic raindrops.
2Tomorrow never happens. It's all the same fucking day man.
3Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all drive Porches, I must make amends.
4I'm a victim of my own insides. There was a time when I wanted to know everything. It used to make me very unhappy, all that feeling. I just didn't know what to do with it. But now I've learned to make that feeling work for me. I'm full of emotion and I want a release, and if you're on stage and if it's really working and you've got the audience with you, it's a oneness you feel.
5I don't believe in gate-crashing. The people aren't up there when I'm sweating on a stage at a festival, breaking my ass. You can get the money to buy a concert ticket, man. Sell your old lady, sell your dope. Look at me, man, I'm selling my heart.
6They're frauds, the whole goddamn hippie culture. They bitch about brainwashing from their parents and they do the same damn thing. I've never known a one of those people who would tolerate any way of life but their own.
7You know, I have to have the umph. I've got to feel it, because if it's not getting through to me, the audience sure as hell aren't going to feel it either.
8[asked by a reporter what "acid rock" was] I wouldn't know. I'm a juicer.
9On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.
10My advice to everyone is come to California and I'll buy you a drink.
1Her passing was acknowledged in Don McLean's classic song "American Pie": "I met a girl who sang the blues/And I asked her for some happy news/But she just smiled and turned away.".
2She was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 4, 2013.
3Pictured on a USA nondenominated commemorative postage stamp in the Music Icons series, issued 8 August 2014. Price on day of issue was 49¢.
4Along with Grace Slick, she was one of the first female rock stars and an important figure in the directed change of rock music in the late 1960s.
5Died at 27 years old, making her a member of the "27 Club"; the 27 Club is a group of prominent musicians who died at the age of 27. Other members include The Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones, guitarist Jimi Hendrix, The Doors frontman Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
6Played by Janelle Powers in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014).
7Her good friend and former lover, Kris Kristofferson, has on numerous occasions stated that he is absolutely sure she did not commit suicide, but also believes that the course that Janis had chosen to take was a dangerous, self-destructive one, a fact of which he knows she was also aware.
8The manual dexterity displayed during the very last moments of life (changing a five-dollar bill, using a cigarette machine and undressing despite drunkenness and expectation of a heroin high) was a lifelong trait. Biographer Myra Friedman was told by Joplin's parents that when they interacted with other new parents in Port Arthur, Texas in the 1940s, everyone noticed their first-born child's dexterity with eating utensils, drinking glasses and napkins. The Joplins often took their toddler to the homes of other new parents to demonstrate these motor skills. Regularly drove drunk in California (in her custom-built Porsche) during the last two years of her life. No accidents were ever reported (in newspapers or several biographies), and only one instance of getting pulled over is noted (in a book by Peggy Caserta, who claimed the officer recognized the singer and let her go with a warning). Only one known injury during a performance, which happened in College Park, Maryland and turned out to be a source of humor on The Dick Cavett Show (1968). Manual dexterity and the appearance of controlling her own destiny, no matter how drunk or stoned, diverted many people's attention from the possibility of imminent death. However, personal manager Albert Grossman expected it and (in June 1969) took out a $200,000 insurance policy on his client in case of accidental death. Grossman, famous for signing the young Bob Dylan, collected $112,000 from the San Francisco Associated Indemnity Corporation almost four years after his female client's "accident". During a three-week trial in the New York State Supreme Court, Grossman swore under oath he had not known in June 1969 that Joplin used heroin. He won the 1974 case against the insurer despite its efforts to prove Joplin's death had been a suicide.
9Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen penned "Chelsea Hotel #2" about her.
10Was high school classmates, in Port Arthur, with former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, who gave her her nickname "Beat Weeds".
11The character Frankie Hart in American Pop (1981) was based partially on her and partially on Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick.
12Wrote her will shortly before her death. Drawing up the document with her Los Angeles lawyer, she set aside $2500 for her friends to throw a party in the event of her death. After she died of a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970, her friends followed her wishes and threw a party in her honor at a club in San Anselmo, California. The party invitations read: "Drinks are on Pearl". Younger sister Laura Joplin, six years her junior, was among those who attended.
13October 4, 1970: Died of a heroin overdose while she was legally drunk in Room 105 of the Landmark Motor Hotel located next door to the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, California. After she mainlined the drug, she was able to leave her room, walk to the lobby, ask the desk clerk to change a five-dollar bill so she could spend 50 cents on a pack of cigarettes, pull the rigid knob on the cigarette machine, return to her room and remove some of her clothes. She then fell suddenly, breaking her nose. The desk clerk later stated that while he was giving her change she talked happily about the new album she was recording, although he believed, based on having interacted with her since her August 24 check in, that she "was not a happy person". Her body was discovered approximately 18 hours later by her road manager, who was the son of Alistair Cooke.
14Posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
15Was cremated and her ashes were scattered on the Pacific Ocean.
16Loved to drink Southern Comfort.
17Was good friends with Grace Slick and Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson wrote her song "Me and Bobby McGee", which became her only 45 single to reach #1 on the Billboard chart.
18Was friends with Jimi Hendrix.
19She was voted the 47th Greatest Artist in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
20Ranked #3 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
21In 2001, Topps trading cards, in their American Pie Baseball brand produced a "Piece of American Pie" memorabilia insert set that included a Joplin-worn dress that is seen on her album "Pearl".
22Was the oldest of three children: has a younger sister, Laura Joplin, and a younger brother, Michael Joplin.
23Was arrested for using "vulgar and indecent language" while performing at Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa, Florida on November 16, 1969. Unlike Jim Morrison, who was arrested onstage in the middle of his Florida performance earlier in 1969, Joplin was allowed to finish her concert and then got handcuffed by police backstage. Was released on a $504 bond after spending approximately an hour behind bars. During the four days, she remained in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area awaiting a preliminary hearing, she went fishing. At the hearing, she was advised by a local lawyer she hired, Herbert Goldburg, that jail time was unlikely. A photographer for Associated Press captured the two of them leaving police headquarters after the proceedings. The image shows Joplin, clad in a fur coat, grinning and flashing a "V" sign with her fingers. Goldburg looks displeased. Joplin made a point of telling the AP that her sign stood for "victory, not peace". The following March she was fined $200 in absentia and the case was closed without her ever returning to Tampa. Curtis Hixon Hall has been demolished.
24Was a member of the Glee Club and the Future Teachers of America while in high school.


Ochéntame... otra vez2016TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Vinyl2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Colonia2015performer: "TRY JUST A LITTLE BIT HARDER"
Australian Story2014TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
She's Beautiful When She's Angry2014Documentary performer: "Piece of My Heart"
Mad Men2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Bank Roll2012performer: "As Good as You've Been to This World"
Voice - Danmarks største stemme2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Aufgspuit!2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Les Lyonnais2011"MOVE OVER" / writer: "MOVE OVER"
So You Think You Can Dance2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Idol2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Gent de paraula2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Little Bit of Heaven2011writer: "Mercedes Benz"
Les petits mouchoirs2010performer: "Kozmic Blues" / writer: "Kozmic Blues"
Entourage2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Mulher Invisível2009performer: "A Woman Left Lonely"
Taking Woodstock2009performer: "Try Just a Little Bit Harder"
Watchmen2009performer: "Me and Bobby McGee"
Banda sonora2007-2008TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Le premier jour du reste de ta vie2008performer: "Summertime"
Queridos Amigos2008TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Esti showder2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Introducing the Dwights2007performer: "Piece of My Heart", "Move Over" / writer: "Move Over"
ShakespeaRe-Told2005TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Romance & Cigarettes2005performer: "Piece of My Heart"
Crossroads: A Jared Feldschreiber Film2004Short performer: "Piece of my Heart"
Boston Public2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
Idol2002-2003TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Waking the Dead2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Festival Express2003Documentary performer: "Cry Baby", "Ain't No More Cane", "Tell Mama", "Me & Bobby McGee"
Janis et John2003arranger: "Down On Me" Live / performer: "Down On Me" Live, "Kozmic Blues" / writer: "Kozmic Blues"
The Dreamers2003writer: "I Need a Man to Love" 1968
Rage2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ultimate X: The Movie2002Documentary short performer: "Cry Baby"
Mohamed2001Short performer: "Cry Baby"
Eva & Adam - Fyra födelsedagar och ett fiasko2001writer: "Mercedes Benz"
I cento passi2000performer: "Summertime"
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970)2000TV Movie documentary performer: "Ball And Chain"
Freaks and Geeks1999TV Series performer - 1 episode
Three Kings1999writer: "Mercedes Benz"
El tiempo de la felicidad1997performer: "Me and Bobby McGee"
The Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon1996Documentary writer: "Oh Sweet Mary"
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Home for the Holidays1995performer: "Piece of My Heart"
The War1994performer: "Summertime"
Woodstock Diary1994TV Movie documentary performer: "Try Just a Little Bit Harder", "Ball and Chain"
Le péril jeune1994lyrics: "Move over" / music: "Move over" / performer: "Move over"
L'eau froide1994performer: "Me & Bobby McGee"
Household Saints1993performer: "Maybe"
Beverly Hills, 902101991TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Indian Runner1991performer: "SUMMERTIME"
Flashing on the Sixties: A Tribal Document1990Video documentary writer: "Down on Me"
Woodstock: The Lost Performances1990Video documentary performer: "Work Me Lord"
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie1989writer: "Down On Me"
Bangkok Hilton1989TV Mini-Series writer: "Mercedes-Benz " - uncredited
Look Who's Talking1989performer: "Cry Baby"
Off Limits1988performer: "Down on Me" / writer: "Down on Me"
Women in Rock1986Video documentary performer: "Summertime", "Ball and Chain", "Piece of My Heart" - uncredited
Série noireTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1986 writer - 1 episode, 1986
Miami Vice1985TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style1983Video documentary performer: "Ball and Chain" - uncredited
American Pop1981performer: "Summertime"
Berlin Alexanderplatz1980TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Chilly Scenes of Winter1979performer: "Get It While You Can"
WKRP in CincinnatiTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1978 writer - 1 episode, 1978
Coming Home1978performer: "Call on Me" 1966
Gladys and Her All-Girl Band1975performer: "Try Just a Little Bit Harder" - uncredited
Little Girl Blue1974performer: "Little Girl Blue" - uncredited
Woodstock1970Documentary performer: "Work Me, Lord"
Music Scene1969TV Series performer - 1 episode
Petulia1968performer: "Road Block", "Down On Me" - uncredited / writer: "Road Block", "Down On Me" - uncredited
No More Excuses1968performer: "Down on Me" / writer: "Down on Me"

Music Department

The Misfortunes of Francois Jane2016musician
The Baader Meinhof Complex2008soundtrack
Die Sachverständigen1973musician


Ball and Chain1967Short




Acid Head: The Buzzard Nuts County Slaughter2011special thanks


The Dick Cavett Show1969-1970TV SeriesHerself
Janis Joplin1970TV Movie documentaryHerself - Musician
Keep on 'Rockin1969Short documentaryHerself
This Is Tom Jones1969TV Series documentaryHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1969TV SeriesHerself
Music Scene1969TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show1969TV SeriesSinger
Monterey Pop1968DocumentaryPerformer
The Hollywood Palace1968TV SeriesHerself - Singer
Big Brother and the Holding Company: Come Up the Years1967TV Movie documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Jay Leno's Garage2016TV Series documentaryHerself
American Masters2016TV Series documentaryHerself
Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago2016DocumentaryHerself
Girl in a Band2015TV Movie documentaryHerself
Janis: Little Girl Blue2015DocumentaryHerself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Australian Story2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2014TV SeriesHerself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Singer
Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience2014ShortHerself
Soul Power!2013TV Series documentaryHerself
60 Minutes2006-2012TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself (segment "The Entertainers")
Gershwin's Summertime: The Song That Conquered the World2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Fantástico2011TV Series documentaryHerself
Love, Janis2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Get Yer Ya Ya's Out2009Video documentary shortHerself
Woodstock: Now & Then2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Doors: When You're Strange2009DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Banda sonora2007-2008TV SeriesHerself
Chelsea on the Rocks2008DocumentaryHerself
682008TV Movie documentaryHerself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHerself
More or Less Related Incidents in Recent History2007Documentary
Final 242007TV Series documentaryHerself
Summer of Love2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHerself
Queens of Heartache2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Musikprogrammet - programmet om musik2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Death by Excess2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Biography2000-2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Festival Express2003DocumentaryHerself - Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band
Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Vol. 4: Elvis & Other Rock Greats2003VideoHerself
Pink Floyd The Wall Redux2002Herself (uncredited)
Nine Hundred Nights2001Video documentaryHerself
The Best of Music Flashback Television Shows: Featuring Music Scene and Hullabaloo2001Video documentary shortHerself
Hendrix2000TV MovieHerself (uncredited)
My Generation2000DocumentaryHerself
Reputations2000TV Series documentary
Intimate Portrait2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie2000TV Series documentaryHerself
VH1 Legends1996TV Series documentaryHerself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHerself
Woodstock Diary1994TV Movie documentaryHerself
Comin' Home1991Video documentary shortHerself
Woodstock: The Lost Performances1990Video documentaryHerself
When the Applause Died1990Video documentaryHerself
Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll1987TV Movie documentaryHerself
Rock 'N' Roll Goldmine: The Sixties1986Documentary shortHerself
Women in Rock1986Video documentaryHerself
Jimi Plays Monterey1986DocumentaryHerself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1986TV SeriesHerself
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style1983Video documentaryHerself
When the Music's Over1982TV Movie documentary
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHerself
When the Music's Over...1971TV Movie documentaryHerself - Musician

Won Awards

2013Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingOn November 4, 2013. At 6752 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

1972GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Female Pop Vocal PerformanceFor the song "Me and Bobby McGee"

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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