A real original. She was making music before Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde... hell, before everyone! She was originally born in Poland, escaping the holocaust and moving to New York's lower east side. She led Goldie and The Gingerbreads, and was in Ten Wheel Drive until 1971, when she started making her own solo albums. She's still never recieved her due.
Even if you've never heard her music, you should know who Genya Ravan is.
Joplin has nothing on Genya.