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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
LARL Cataloging LARL68504 (Text) LARL68504 New On order -
McIntosh Public Library 921 JOP (Text) 33500013149083 New On holds shelf -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781476793108
  • ISBN: 1476793107
  • Physical Description: xv, 377 pages, 32 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [323]-352) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Pioneer stock -- Tomboy -- Thrill seeker -- "Beat weeds" -- "18 and fucked up" -- Hell raiser -- Waller Creek boy -- Blues singer -- Meth freak and the Saturday night swindle -- Texas coed -- Big Brother's chick singer -- "The idol of my generation" -- "Haight-Ashbury's first pinup" -- Woman on the verge -- "Rock star born on Second Avenue" -- Kozmic blues -- Pearl.
Summary, etc.:
This blazingly intimate biography of Janis Joplin establishes the Queen of Rock & Roll as the rule-breaking musical trailblazer and complicated, gender-bending rebel she was. Janis Joplin's first transgressive act was to be a white girl who gained an early sense of the power of the blues, music you could only find on obscure records and in roadhouses along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. But even before that, she stood out in her conservative oil town. She was a tomboy who was also intellectually curious and artistic. By the time she reached high school, she had drawn the scorn of her peers for her embrace of the Beats and her racially progressive views. Her parents doted on her in many ways, but were ultimately put off by her repeated acts of defiance. Janis Joplin has passed into legend as a brash, impassioned soul doomed by the pain that produced one of the most extraordinary voices in rock history. But in these pages, Holly George-Warren provides a revelatory and deeply satisfying portrait of a woman who wasn't all about suffering. Janis was a perfectionist: a passionate, erudite musician who was born with talent but also worked exceptionally hard to develop it. She was a woman who pushed the boundaries of gender and sexuality long before it was socially acceptable. She was a sensitive seeker who wanted to marry and settle down--but couldn't, or wouldn't. She was a Texan who yearned to flee Texas but could never quite get away--even after becoming a countercultural icon in San Francisco. Written by one of the most highly regarded chroniclers of American music history, and based on unprecedented access to Janis Joplin's family, friends, band mates, archives, and long-lost interviews, Janis is a complex, rewarding portrait of a remarkable artist finally getting her due."--Publisher's website.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #1
    *Starred Review* Joplin was called America's first female rock star, and George-Warren has written a biography as big, bold, and brash as its subject. She captures Joplin in all her frustrating and poignant complexity, not only her larger than life personality but also her insecurities, her bookishness, her intellect, and her "deep desire for home." She embraced life, writes George-Warren, with a "joyous ferocity" even as she used alcohol and drugs to ward off the depression and "bleak fatalism" that dogged her. George-Warren describes Joplin's background ("I'm from pioneer stock"), her relationships with her brooding, atheist father and her outgoing, Christian mother; her neediness and feeling of being an outsider in her hometown of Port Arthur, Texas; and her deep-seated desire to be the center of attention even when she didn't feel she deserved it. George-Warren includes plenty of anecdotes, featuring the likes of Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson, and Bruce Springsteen, who, at 19, turned down the singer's amorous advances, apparently terrified by her intensity. Joplin was a thrill-seeker, a hell-raiser, and a revolutionary, much of it to camouflage her self-doubt. She created a persona, an exaggerated version of herself, according to George-Warren, only to ask, "What if they find out I'm only Janis?" An insightful, compassionate, and, ultimately, tragic story of an artist gone too soon. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Joplin, Janis.
Singers > United States > Biography.
Rock musicians > United States > Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women.
Joplin, Janis.
Rock musicians.
Singers.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.
Biographies.

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