Janis Joplin’s will stipulated that $2500 go to throwing a hard-partying funeral for her. The funeral was held in a popular rock venue she used to have shows at and many of her musician friends performed. The 300 attendees got drunk and partied hard.

Going Out With a Bang: Janis Joplin’s Hard-Partying Wake

When Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970, she left behind a will that included an offbeat, albeit totally in-character, stipulation: $2500 of her estate should be dedicated to funding a hard-partying wake in her memory.

Joplin’s loved ones threw the bash three weeks later, on October 26, 1970. The “wake” was held at the Lion’s Share, a popular rock venue in San Anselmo, California, which had hosted many of Joplin’s gigs as well as acts such as Van Morrison, Country Joe and the Fish, and even Randy Newman (who performed his very first concert at the Lion’s Share).

The invitations to the event read: “Drinks are on Pearl”—a reference to Joplin’s nickname—and an estimated 300 guests were in attendance. How did the … Continue Reading (2 minute read)

10 thoughts on “Janis Joplin’s will stipulated that $2500 go to throwing a hard-partying funeral for her. The funeral was held in a popular rock venue she used to have shows at and many of her musician friends performed. The 300 attendees got drunk and partied hard.”

  1. chinchenping

    My father’s friend had the same kind of thing. They didn’t “party hard” because they were all very old but they did get absolutely wasted (some light drugs were also involved)

  2. Darryl_Lict

    Lion’s Share

    60 Red Hill Ave, San Anselmo, CA

    Unfortunately, it looks like it’s an optical shop now so I can’t go and have a drink in her memory.

    Have another little piece of my heart now, baby.

  3. starstruckspaceman

    My buddy has it written in his will, that I get 10k from his life insurance policy to throw a rager for his going away party.

  4. Cubs1081744

    I wonder if they mentioned this in the Jackie Jormp-Jomp biopic

  5. AmexNomad

    Love this. My friend died and her memorial instructions were No Black! There were waiters with trays of champagne. There were waiters with trays of hors d’oeuvres including oysters on the half shell, prawn cocktails and filet mignon. A jazz combo was playing. It was a beautiful afternoon, with people toasting her and remembering what a fun person she was. RIP DS

  6. bigballbuffalo

    My grandma has money set aside in her will for the whole family to take a cruise to Hawaii when she dies

  7. Rub-it

    Lol this is how we do funerals in my culture, we celebrate

  8. BOSS_OF_THE_INTERNET

    It’s pretty forward-thinking for a 27-year old musician, who spent nearly every day of her 20’s intoxicated, to have their will prepared.

  9. CitizenSam

    Why did a 27 year-old have a will?

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