Love, Janis

Love, Janis

Book - 2005 | First Harper paperback edition.
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A revealing and intimate biography about Janis Joplin, the Queen of Classic Rock, written by her younger sister.

Janis Joplin blazed across the sixties music scene, electrifying audiences with her staggering voice and the way she seemed to pour her very soul into her music. By the time her life and artistry were cut tragically short by a heroin overdose, Joplin had become the stuff of rock-and-roll legend.

Through the eyes of her family and closest friends , we see Janis as a young girl, already rebelling against injustice, racism, and hypocrisy in society. We follow Janis as she discovers her amazing talents in the Beat hangouts of Venice and North Beach-singing in coffeehouses, shooting speed to enhance her creativity, challenging the norms of straight society. Janis truly came into her own in the fantastic, psychedelic, acid-soaked world of Haight-Asbury. At the height of her fame, Janis's life is a whirlwind of public adoration and hard living. Laura Joplin shows us not only the public Janice who could drink Jim Morrison under the table and bean him with a bottle of booze when he got fresh; she shows us the private Janis, struggling to perfect her art, searching for the balance between love and stardom, battling to overcome her alcohol addiction and heroin use in a world where substance abuse was nearly universal.

At the heart of Love, Janis is an astonishing series of letters by Janis herself that have never been previously published. In them she conveys as no one else could the wild ride from awkward small-town teenager to rock-and-roll queen. Love, Janis is the new life of Janis Joplin we have been waiting for-a celebration of the sixties' joyous experimentation and creativity, and a loving, compassionate examination of one of that era's greatest talents.

Publisher: New York : Harper, [2005]
Edition: First Harper paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780060755225
Branch Call Number: 782.42166092 Jopli-J
Characteristics: vii, 414 pages ; 23 cm

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RobertGillespie
Mar 31, 2018

Love, Janis is a farce. Sorry. I have been a fan of Janis Joplin since I was 9. As an adult, I have read most books and articles about her ever published. Laura Joplin actually plagiarized much of her book from Myra Friedman's Buried Alive, while she worked hard to make her family and her mother look like an idyllic home. Janis was not accepted or loved well there, her father (most likely an alcoholic) not withstanding. He understood and loved her, I believe, but his illness and a caustic relationship with their mother left him at times distant. Psychology clearly shows the wounds and stunted maturity Janis carried with her, were not due to high school bullying. They were received in her family of origin. Her mother was a cold, calculating, jealous woman....likely a narcissist. She actually was a rebellious woman in her youth with singing talent, but it did not lead to fame for her. Dorothy "lost" her singing voice after surgery when Janis was very young, leading the family to get rid of a piano Janis loved to play and sing at, because it "hurt Dorothy". Stories of Dorothy alone are enough for me, Laura appears to be the favorite daughter, doing everything she can to repair the family image and mold Janis posthumously into a more "palatable" form. Janis had many failings, but had strength, beauty, and her pain was that of a child who never felt loved or worthy. Bullies smell that, but don't cause it. Please read Myra's biography instead, and wait for the day this family isn't greedily blocking anyone else from covering Janis Joplin honestly. It's a damn shame to her memory.

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