A blues-rock goddess of singular power and grit, Janis Joplin and her electrifying voice helped to define the ’60s. Think you know the girl behind Pearl? Then take the quiz!


Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19, 1943, in _______.


a. New Orleans, LA

b. South Salem, NY

c. Port Arthur, TX

d. Vancouver, BC



Which of the following bands did Janis sing with?

a. Big Brother and the Holding Company

b. The Kozmic Blues Band

c. The Full Tilt Boogie Band

d. All of the above



When Janis arrived backstage at Woodstock in 1969, she had to wait 10 hours before she could perform. She passed the time by _______.

a. drinking and shooting heroin

b. making out with Joan Baez

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c. writing a “rock ‘n’ roll manifesto”

d. teaching groupies how to crochet



The day she was found dead of an overdose in 1970 at age 27, Janis was scheduled to record her vocals for what song?

a. Born Under a Bad Sign

b. Buried Alive in the Blues

c. The Sky is Crying

d. Death Letter


Complete the following Janis quote: “I always wanted to be _____, whatever that was. Like other chicks wanted to be stewardesses. I read. I painted. I thought.”

a. an artist

b. a star

c. a feminist

d. free

Answer Key: 1.c, 2.d, 3.a, 4.b, 5.a

Written by: Emily Rems

This story originally appeared in BUST Magazine. Subscribe today! 

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