An archetype of Woodstock-era rock’s self-destructive hedonism, Janis Joplin died from a shot of overly pure heroin as she neared completion of “Pearl.”
Grateful Dead sound engineer Owsley Stanley, aka “Bear,” didn’t just do sound for the Dead; he also ran sound at the San Francisco club the Carousel Ballroom, and happily, for music fans, recording the shows, as well.
Maybe it was because her producer had fallen in love with her. Maybe it was because she found the right band again. Maybe it was because the songs were by legends. Whatever the reason, “Pearl” is Janis Joplin’s masterpiece.