“The Outer Limits of Probability”: A Janis Joplin Retrospective

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“The Outer Limits of Probability”: A Janis Joplin Retrospective

by Gavin James Campbell
Southern Cultures, Vol. 6, No. 3: Fall 2000

"Although Janis Joplin adopted Southern Comfort as her drink of choice, neither whiskey nor the South brought her much comfort."

“Man, I’d rather have ten years of superhypermost than live to be seventy by sitting in some goddamn chair watching TV,” Janis Joplin said in 1969. A little more than a year later on October 4, 1970, her superhypermost life came to a heroin- and alcohol-induced end in a Los Angeles hotel room. She was 43 years of shy of her seventieth birthday.