Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin

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Harmony Books, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 353 pages
Electrifying, highly acclaimed, and intensely personal, this new and updated version of Myra Friedman's classic biography of Janis Joplin teems with dramatic insights into Joplin's genius and into the chaotic times that catapulted her to fame as the legendary queen of rock. It is a stunning panorama of the turbulent decade when Joplin's was the rallying voice of a generation that lost itself in her music and found itself in her words.

From her small hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, from the intimate coffeehouses to the supercharged concert halls, from the glitter of worldwide fame to her tragic end in a Hollywood hotel, here is all the fire and anguish of an immortal, immensely talented, and troubled performer who devoured everything the rock scene had to offer in a fatal attempt to make peace with herself and her era. Yet, in an eloquent introduction recently written by the author, Joplin emerges from her "ugly duckling" childhood as a woman truly ahead of her time, an outrageous rebel, a defiant outcast and artist of incomparable authenticity who, almost in spite of herself, became to so many a symbol of triumph over adversity.

This edition also contains an afterword detailing the whereabouts of a large and colorful cast of characters who were part of Joplin's life, as well as "We Remember Janis," a new chapter of poignant and affectionate anecdotes told by friends.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Ah Janis was an fierce angel who burned so very brightly and this book shows you how she came to have that powerful burning presence as a singer. Read full review

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User Review  - justablondemoment - LibraryThing

Let me start by saying Janis is my hero..my idol. Not because of her choices in her drug use but because she was "herself". This book was an awesome look into her life and it was believable as it ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
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Introduction
xiii
Bluebonnets
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Copyright

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Myra Friedman has written on music and the arts and on contemporary cultural and social movements. Once a musician herself, she worked in the record industry and, in the late sixties, was Janis Joplin's publicist until the star's death in October 1970. Her biography of Janis Joplin is considered one of the most moving and significant books about a rock figure ever written. A landmark work when first published in 1973, it won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award and received a National Book Award nomination.

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