On This Day in 1969: Janis Joplin Arrested in Tampa


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By David R. Wheeler, Editor

On Nov. 16, 1969, singer Janis Joplin was arrested in Tampa for “vulgar and indecent language” during her performance at Curtis Hixon Hall. She was handcuffed by police backstage after the show and released on bond after spending about an hour in jail. Months later, she was fined $200 in absentia and the case was closed. One of the most famous singers of her generation, Joplin died at age 27 in October of 1970.

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