Her Life and Music

Large Print - 2020 | Center Point Large Print edition.
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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.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2020.
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781643584911
Branch Call Number: Large Print 782.42166092 Jopli-G
Characteristics: 591 pages : illustrations.


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Dec 25, 2019

What makes this book different from the others that document her life is how much detail is included on the people whom she had in her life, in particular those who were around her during the ascendency of her music career. At times the number of names can be a tad confusing as people went in and out of her life. Also I was surprised to learn that she was bisexual as this book gives names, dates and circumstances of her many amorous liaisons. As well, there is a large section devoted to pictures taken from childhood up until her tragic passing. Very interesting to put faces to the names. Finally I'm always dismayed at how the music industry acts like vampires when it comes to exploiting talents that are easy prey.
If you read only one book on this remarkable singer you can't go wrong with this one.

Nov 15, 2019

What have I learned so far from reading this book? That if you volunteer at your local public library in high school then you may become a legendary rockstar.

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