Steve Kline Ages of Rock
1968: Cheap Thrills — the Big Brother and the Holding Company LP — is released by Columbia. Featuring lead vocalist Janis Joplin, the album tops the charts for seven weeks. R. Crumb — making a name for himself as one of the underground cartoonists for Zap Comix — does the cover art in one evening. He’s paid $600. It becomes his most famous cover of all time. Among other precious items, Cheap Thrills contains Piece of My Heart.