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1960 Janis Joplin's High School Yearbook

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $522.00

A terrific "before they were stars" piece - a hardbound, 1960 high school yearbook, approximately 350 pages, from Port Arthur, Texas. This happened to be the year in which future singing sensation and cultural icon Janis Joplin graduated from Port Arthur High School. Her portrait is featured on page 223 of the book, listing her activities including the expected, "Art Club", "'B' Average Award." A more "unexpected" group to include her membership was the "Slide Rule Club." Considered the greatest white female rock singer of the 1960s, Janis Joplin was likewise a great blues singer, making her material her own with a wailing, raspy, supercharged emotional delivery. Her talent was first widely acknowledged as the front-woman for San Francisco psychedelic band Big Brother & the Holding Company, before she went on to work as a solo artist. Her biographers often attribute her later problems, such as depression, to her being raised in the conservative community of Port Arthur. Tragically, as often the case with rock icons, she overdosed on heroin in a Hollywood hotel in October 1970. "Me and Bobby McGee" would become a posthumous number-one single in 1971. This treasure provides a rare glimpse into a time when she was still anonymous to the world. The volume measures 8.5 x 11 inches. It is in Excellent condition with only very light soiling to the covers and minor faults to the spine which do not detract from the overall presentation. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $522.00

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