Janis Joplin was actively producing music for only three years, put out just four albums with Big Brother and the Holding Company and her only No. 1 hit “Me and Bobby McGee” didn’t hit it big until after she had died on Oct. 4, 1970. But her musical impact has lived on, and according to a recent feature from Variety’s Andrew Barker, the singer/songwriter will at long last be immortalized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The official ceremony will take place at 6752 Hollywood Blvd. on Nov. 4 at 11:30 a.m., with the star’s unveiling being presented by longtime friend Kris Kristofferson, siblings Michael and Laura Joplin and record producer Clive Davis. CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Leron Gubler will serve as emcee for the ceremony, and Kristofferson will perform an acoustic version of Joplin’s 1971 hit “Me and Bobby McGee.”
The Joplin estate intends to produce a documentary eventually, which will likely be produced by Alex Gibney and Jeff Jampol of Jampol Artist Management, the entity that manages the estate.
“We look at her as a legacy,” Jampol said. “She’s an icon of hope to a lot of women, we found. Because here is a woman who wasn’t objectively beautiful, didn’t come from privilege or money, who didn’t marry up or any of those things. She wore her heart on her sleeve. She wanted acceptance and love and was completely vulnerable about that. But the interesting thing is she never compromised her vision to achieve any of this.”