Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing

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Harry N. Abrams, Oct 1, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 120 pages
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Forty years after her death, Janis Joplin remains among the most compelling and influential figures in rock-and-roll history. Her story—told here with depth and sensitivity by author Ann Angel—is one of a girl who struggled against rules and limitations, yet worked diligently to improve as a singer. It’s the story of an outrageous rebel who wanted to be loved, and of a wild woman who wrote long, loving letters to her mom. And finally, it’s the story of one of the most iconic female musicians in American history, who died at twenty-seven.


Janis Joplin includes more than sixty photographs, and an assortment of anecdotes from Janis’s friends and band mates. This thoroughly researched and well-illustrated biography is a must-have for all young artists, music lovers, and pop-culture enthusiasts.


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The book is very easy to read and understand. - Goodreads
The photographs are lovely, of course. - Goodreads
The digressions about the sixties are fairly well-done. - Goodreads
Lots of great photos and artwork to look at. - LibraryThing
I was particularly impressed by the book's layout. - Goodreads
The introduction by Sam Andrew is very touching. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Maureen - Goodreads

YALSA Excellence in Non-fiction: 2011 Winner The cover of this book is decorated in true 70's fashion from the colors and designs to the fashion worn by Janis Joplin. Any teen who has a love of music ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristi Starr - Goodreads

For someone who grew up in Austin, familiar with her image and her reputation, I was disappointed. The writing feels condescending at times, as if its intended audience were 9-12 year olds, but the ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Ann Angel is the author of six biographies and works of criticism. She graduated from Vermont College's MFA program in writing for children, and she works as an author and educator, focusing on young adults. She was the editor for Abrams's Such a Pretty Face. She lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Visit her online at www.annangelwriter.com.

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