Funko has announced two new Janis Joplin Funko Pop! vinyl figures as part of the Pop! Rocks series.
Rebellious Janis Joplin transformed into Funko Pop! vinyl.
Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer who, as one of the most successful and well-known rock stars of her time, rose to prominence in the 1960s with powerful and bluesy songs.
Born in Port Arthur, Texas, Joplin developed a great passion for music at a young age, especially blues, rock ‘n roll and soul music, drawing inspiration from musical influences from Lead Belly, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Otis Redding.
Joplin left Texas in 1963 for San Francisco, where, in addition to making music, she quickly became addicted to alcohol, hard drugs and amphetamines. In 1965 she returned to Port Arthur, Texas to change her lifestyle and get rid of her addictions.
Initially, Joplin’s singing career really took off when she joined the San Francisco-based psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1966, which had gained some fame among the emerging hippie community in Haight-Ashbury.
The band’s debut studio album, Big Brother & the Holding Company, was released in August 1967, shortly after the group’s breakthrough performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Cheap Thrills, the band’s second studio album, reached number one on the Billboard 200 album chart eight weeks after its release, and was number one for eight nonconsecutive weeks in 1968.
Joplin left the band in 1969 for a solo career and formed a new backup group, the Kozmic Blues Band. That same year she performs at the legendary Woodstock festival and releases her debut solo album I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
Throughout her career, Janis Joplin has been known for her rebellious nature and her ongoing battle with drug and alcohol addiction. Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose in 1970, at the age of 27.
Three months after her death, her second solo album, Pearl, was released, which reached number one on the Billboard charts. Several live and compilation albums, including unreleased studio and live material by Joplin, have been released posthumously.
Janis Joplin was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
Funko honors the rebellious Janis Joplin with a Funko Pop! makeover and with the release of two new Funko Pop! vinyl figures, including an exclusive blacklight variant, available at Funko and Funko Europe.
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