In her short time on the scene, Joplin helped define the music of a generation with her bluesy rasp. A musical honoring her talent and her muses is playing now in Washington, D.C. While it doesn't get into the darker chapters of her life, the show is captivating lifelong fans — including the lead actress.
Had she survived, Janis Joplin would be 60 this year. A tribute is planned Sunday at New York City's Central Park Summerstage. Hear NPR's Linda Wertheimer and Sam Andrew, a guitarist who played with two of Joplin's bands and arranged her version of "Summertime."