American Masters

Why Janis Joplin left Big Brother & the Holding Company

Clip: Season 30 Episode 6 | 33s

In this excerpt from American Masters - 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, until she finally decided to leave to form her own.

Aired: 04/11/16

Rating: NR

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