release - 1968
album art - Robert Crumb Thomas Weir
Initially, the album was to be called Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills, but the title was not received well by Columbia Records. The cover was drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb after the band's original cover idea: a picture of the group naked in bed together, which was dropped by Columbia.
A closer look reveals the story: Most of the drawings are referring to the track listing. Cheap Thrills is number nine on Rolling Stone's list of 100 greatest album covers.
Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer considered the premier female blues vocalist of the Sixties; her raw, powerful and uninhibited singing style, combined with her turbulent and emotional lifestyle, made her one of the biggest female stars in her lifetime. Joplin rose to fame in 1967 during an appearance at Monterey Pop Festival, as the lead singer of the then little-known San Francisco psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. After releasing two albums with the band, she continued as a solo artist.
Janis died of a drug overdose in 1970 after releasing three albums. A fourth album, Pearl, was released a little more than three months after her death, reaching number 1 on the charts. Joplin is one of the top-selling musicians all time.