Janis Joplin biographer & Michael Joplin holding book signing at Museum of the Gulf Coast

Published 12:13 am Friday, January 10, 2020

It’s no secret that Janis Joplin is a rock-and-roll icon hailed across her hometown of Port Arthur.

“Janis, Her Life and Music” was released in 2019.

The electric rock, soul and blues musician’s face and successes are celebrated across the walls of the Museum of the Gulf Coast alongside a replica of her 1965 Porsche.

Holly George-Warren, a two-time Grammy Award nominee chronicled Joplin’s illustrious life from her birth to her rise and fall in a biography titled “Janis, Her Life and Music.”

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George-Warren, accompanied by Janis Joplin’s brother Michael Joplin, will be at the Museum of the Gulf Coast from 2-4 p.m. Saturday for a one-of-a-kind book signing.

The event is free, although donations are encouraged. “Janis, Her Life and Music” will be available for purchase at the museum ahead of the signing.

Museum of the Gulf Coast Director Tom Neal said he is excited to be welcoming Michael and his wife home to Southeast Texas as well as welcoming George-Warren back to Port Arthur.

Michael Joplin will only be available at the Port Arthur signing.

I’ve been in communication with the author and Michael, everything is a go and it is getting a lot of attention from Houston, as well as this area,” he said. “Michael and I grew up together, so when I found out this book signing was going on, we really wanted him to come home and be a part of this.”

“Janis, Her Life and Music” was published Oct. 22. George-Warren said she wanted the focus of the book to reflect Joplin’s real life and the excitement of her journey.

She made many stops in Port Arthur visiting Joplin’s childhood home, speaking with her remaining siblings, Laura and Michael, and diving into archives from newspapers, magazines and schools.

George-Warren also spent a lot of time at the Museum of the Gulf Coast while doing research for her book.

“I am really grateful for the Museum of the Gulf Coast,” she said. “I spent a lot of time there doing research and learning about her life. I’m excited to be coming back.”

Before arriving in Port Arthur, George-Warren will be making a stop in Houston at the Brazos Book Store, Jan. 10. Other ticketed book signings include stops in Georgia, New York, Florida, London and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio.

Tom Neal said he is excited to be setting up the book signing, which comes only a week before Joplin’s birthday, Jan. 19.

“(George-Warren) came here and used the resources we have on file during her book research,” he said. “That was before my time as director, but we know she is looking forward to coming back and we are looking forward to having her here.”

For more information, visit museumofthegulfcoast.org.