Janis Joplin’s (1943–1970) first years out of high school were characterized by aimless drift. But somewhere along the line she began singing in coffeehouses, and in 1966 she accepted an invitation to be the lead vocalist for the San Francisco rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Patrons of local nightclubs loved her shrill, rasping style, and in 1967 she took the country by storm with her rendition of "Love Is Like a Ball and Chain" at the Monterey International Pop Festival. Joplin performed with an electrifying ferocity and consumed large quantities of whiskey, both on and off the stage. That combination led many to think that she would soon burn out, but she shrugged, "When I can’t sing, I’ll worry about it then." That was something she never had to confront. In late 1970, Joplin died at age twenty-seven from a drug overdose.