Janis Joplin signed 1959 Junior Yearbook Thomas Jefferson High School Port Arthur Texas

Janis Joplin (her Junior Year) signed yearbook. Inscription reads: “You probably won’t understand what it means being a problem child like me but believe me – its tough. Always stay as sweet and smart as you are. Always remember… Janis Joplin      Almost Seniors – 2 days!”

1959 Yearbook from Thomas Jefferson High School, Port Arthur, Texas. Complete, clean pages with many other inscriptions. Cover has a plastic coating applied that looks like it could be peeled off without damaging the book.

Photos of Janis: page 80 (Junior Photos), page 170 (Art Club), page 179 (Future Nurses), page 182 (Future Engineers).

Approx. 8" by 11" by 1”.


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Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American rock singer in the 1960s. She sang in the band, Big Brother & The Holding Company 1966-1968. Their second album, Cheap Thrills, reached #1 on the Billboard charts in 1968. In 1969 she appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show then started her solo career and formed her backup band, the Kozmic Blues Band. In 1970 she left singing in the Kozmic Blues Band to start the Full-Tilt Boogie Band, which performed to large audiences such as at the Sports Arena in San Diego. That year, after she attended her ten-year high school reunion in Port Arthur, Texas, she went to Los Angeles to work on another album. The day she was to record the song, "Buried Alive in the Blues," she was found dead in her hotel room, apparently of a drug overdose, on October 4, 1970. She was 27. In 2005 the Grammys gave her a "Lifetime Achievement Award" and in 2014 the U.S. Postal Service put her on a postage stamp for being one of the greatest rock singers of all time.