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Scars of Sweet Paradise : The Life and Times of Janis Joplin

Scars of Sweet Paradise : The Life and Times of Janis Joplin - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805053944

ISBN13: 978-0805053944
ISBN10: 0805053948
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Owl Books
Published: 1999
International: No

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Scars of Sweet Paradise : The Life and Times of Janis Joplin - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805053944

Alice Echols

ISBN13: 978-0805053944
ISBN10: 0805053948
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Owl Books

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

The undisputed queen of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, Janis Joplin was the "skyrocket chick" of the sixties, the woman who broke into the boys' club of rock and out of the stifling good-girl femininity of postwar America. With her incredible wall-of-sound vocals, Joplin was the voice of a generation, and when she OD'd on heroin at the age of 27 in October 1970, the dreams of her generation crashed and burned with her. Now Alice Echols pushes beyond the legendary Joplin -- the red-hot mama of her own invention -- and the equally familiar portrait of the screwed-up star victimized by the era she symbolized. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, Echols reveals how this sweet-voiced girl from Texas re-created herself, first as a gravelly-voiced bluesy folksinger, and then as rock 'n' roll's first female superstar. She examines the roots of Joplin's musicianship and her efforts, both onstage and off, to live on what she called "the outer limits of probability," drinking and carousing like one of the guys, declaring herself the first "white-black" person, and pursuing sex with men and women alike.

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