Janis Joplin: I Don’t Want To Grow Old, I Want To Live A “Superhypermost” Life


Janis Joplin wanted to party hard without caring about growing old.

Janis Joplin's 'Pearl'
Janis Joplin admitted she lived a “superhypermost” life, the stereotypical Rock n’ Roll lifestyle

The late Janis Joplin is a member of the 27 Club along with other rockers who’ve died at age 27. And it appears she knew she’d party hard and eventually die young.

Even her friends knew she had a “big appetite” for everything, including drugs.

“Janis had a big appetite for everything: living, having a good time, everything,” said Sam Andrew, one of Joplin’s guitarists.

“…She had a big appetite for drugs, too, and she had the opportunity and money to indulge it. Maybe if she would have had less of an appetite, it would have turned out better. She didn’t have a lot of caution at times.”

Even she admitted she had a lust for life and all things superb.

Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin got into alcohol and illegal drugs, which eventually led to her accidental overdose (photo via Jampol Artist Management)

“When I get scared or worried I tell myself, ‘Janis, just have a good time,'” she told Evening Standard in 1969. “So I juice up real good and that’s just what I have. I just live for happiness. You should use everything you’ve got to be happy.”

Because she wanted to use “everything” on her path to happiness, she found herself using alcohol and illicit drugs.

“My doctor said my liver was a little swollen, and got all melodramatic about me, saying ‘What’s a good, talented girl like you doing with herself?'” she said.

In fact, she hinted that she’d rather live a crazy life, regardless of the consequences.

“Man, I’d rather have ten years of superhypermost than live to be seventy sitting in some Godd**n chair watching TV,” she said.

As a result, she died of a heroin overdose.

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Caleb Murphy is a musician who writes about music. His writing appears in Consequence Of Sound, Pittsburgh City Paper, and some other cool places. He blogs about music at calebjmurphy.com.
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