The Museum of the Gulf Coast invites the public to celebrate what would have been Janis Joplin’s 69th birthday. The Museum will show the BBC documentary Southern Discomfort at 10:00 am, and 2:00 pm each day beginning Thursday, Jan. 19 through Saturday, Jan. 21.

Film attendance includes complimentary admission to the Museum’s many exhibits including the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame featuring 65 artists representing many different genres. The first 10 people to attend each day will receive a free itunes compilation CD featuring the music of Joplin as well as artists who either inspired her or were inspired by her.

Janis Lyn Joplin was born on Jan. 19, 1943 in Port Arthur. She would later become one of the most influential musicians in American music history. This iconic singer and artist has been given the informal title “Queen of Rock.” Although Joplin’s early years which included attending Port Arthur Schools, Port Arthur College and Lamar University in Beaumont were not uncommon, Joplin was a true individual. Stepping out from the conformity of the 1950s, she eventually found herself in California.

Shortly after arriving in California, Joplin joined Big Brother and the Holding Company as their lead singer and made the album Cheap Thrills in 1968 which earned a gold record. Joplin left the group to pursue a solo career and recorded the album I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama which also went gold in 1969. Joplin died in Hollywood, California late in 1970 just shy of her 28th birthday. At the time of her death she was working on another album, Pearl. Joplin received posthumous gold records in 1971 for Pearl and for the hit single from this album, “Me and Bobby McGee.” Other albums released posthumously are Joplin in Concert (Gold, 1972) and Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits (Gold). Her influence on the music world and among fans across the globe remains strong 41 years after her death.

The Museum’s Music Hall of Fame features a permanent exhibit on the life and career of Janis Joplin with a wide array of artwork, personal effects, photographs and memorabilia as well as a replica of Joplin’s painted Porsche. Audio-visual touch screens as well as an old fashioned juke box allow visitors to see and hear Janis’ soulful performances. The Museum’s gift shop offers a wide variety of souvenirs commemorating Joplin’s influence and worldwide impact.

Visitors may also enjoy seeing Port Arthur sites related to the life of Janis Joplin. A downloadable driving tour brochure is available on the Museum’s, and hard copies are available at the Museum and the Port Arthur Convention & Visitors Bureau located at 3401 Cultural Center Dr. in Port Arthur.

The Museum of the Gulf Coast is owned and operated by the Port Arthur Historical Society in partnership with Lamar State College – Port Arthur and the City of Port Arthur. It is located at 700 Procter Street in downtown Port Arthur. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to schedule a tour please call 409-982-7000.