There is a tour here in Hollywood that gathers a nice, morbid group of people and takes them all around tinsel town for a look at the death, murder and mayhem that helped make LA what it is today. I have been wanting to go on The Dearly Departed tour now for so long, however, shelling out 45 bucks for this tour ( I am sure it is absolutely worth it!) is just not part of my spending budget..especially when I can go around on my own.
One of the pit stops on the tour is the Highland Gardens Hotel, formerly known as the Landmark Hotel. I have driven past this hotel so many times and never realized it’s importance… Hollywood is funny like that..
So here’s the story: After a recording session, Janis Joplin and band member Ken Pearson headed over the Barney’s Beanery for a few drinks. After midnight, they went back over to the Landmark, at 7047 Franklin Ave. There, in room 105, she shot up her last fix of heroin. While still coherent, Janis went down to the lobby to get some cigarettes and chatted with the clerk at the front desk (who claimed she seemed perfectly fine-and didn’t even know who she was). When returning to her room, she collapsed next to the bed, almost breaking her nose. She was wedged against a bedside table, with a cigarette still in hand.
The next morning, Janis was a no show at a recording session. Her band mate John Cook, became worried and headed over to the hotel. After knocking and no response, he broke down the door and found Janis dead. She was only 27.