Going Out With a Bang: Janis Joplin's Hard-Partying Wake
When Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970, she left behind a will that included an offbeat stipulation: $2,500 to fund a hard-partying wake in her memory. Her loved ones threw the bash three weeks later at the Lion’s Share, a San Anselmo, CA venue that had hosted many of Joplin’s gigs. The invitations read, “Drinks are on Pearl,” a reference to Joplin’s nickname.
How did the party play out? About like you’d expect. Her former lover James Gurley later reminisced, “Everybody just got as drunk and as f---ed up as they could.” Another partier remembered, “Everyone got drunk and messed around and nobody mentioned Janis at all.” A solemn, quiet wake? Not at all. A fitting tribute to Janis Joplin? Absolutely.
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