Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue

Why Janis Joplin left Big Brother & the Holding Company

In this excerpt from Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue, Janis’ letter home reveals a glimpse of the troubles she had with her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Even though Janis and the band were widely popular and successful in producing a Gold certified album, Cheap Thrills, which is still considered one of the best albums from the band, Janis’ stardom soon overshadowed the band. She left within a year to form her own backup group, Kozmic Blues Band, and launched a solo career.