Style & Beauty

Janis Joplin's Purse Contents Revealed

We're always intrigued by those "what's in your purse?" articles ("my iPhone, my planner and my Dior lip gloss I can't live without!") and from The Hairpin comes the ultimate: a look inside Janis Joplin's bag. Mary Miller refers to an excerpt from David Dalton's Piece of My Heart, remarking, "As a teen I found a similar purse, filled it with the same contents he'd listed, then carried it around as if it were my own messy purse of Janis-y items which I'd self-selected and definitely needed with me, oh yes!"

So what was Janis carrying around? Dalton wrote:

"Its contents are truly awesome. Janis has a baglady's compulsion to carry her whole life with her. There are: two movie stubs, a pack of cigarettes, an antique cigarette holder, several motel and hotel room keys, a box of Kleenex, a compact and various make up cases (in addition to a bunch of eyebrow pencils held together with a rubber band), an address book, dozens of bits of paper, business cards, match box covers with phone numbers written in near-legible barroom scrawls, guitar picks, a bottle of Southern Comfort (empty), a hip flask, an opened package of complementary macadamia nuts from American Airlines, cassettes of Johnny Cash and Otis Redding, gum, sunglasses, credit cards, aspirin, assorted pens and writing pad, a corkscrew, an alarm clock, a copy of Time, and two hefty books-Nancy Milford's biography of Zelda Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel."

Eyebrow pencils? Wouldn't have guessed...