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,... READ ON