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

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Macmillan, Feb 15, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 408 pages

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 in October 1970, a generation's dreams crashed and burned with her. Alice Echols pushes past the legary Joplin-the red-hot mama of her own invention-as well as the familiar portrait of the screwed-up star victimized by the era she symbolized, to examine the roots of Joplin's muscianship and explore a generation's experiment with high-risk living and the terrible price it exacted.

A deeply affecting biography of one of America's most brilliant and tormented stars, Scars of Sweet Paradise is also a vivid and incisive cultural history of an era that changed the world for us all.

 

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User Review  - Lauraborealis - LibraryThing

I feel like this book was a musical education for me. By completion, I had streamed at least 33 new artists that were mentioned briefly or in-depth in the book. (My favorites, if you’re curious, would ... Read full review

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User Review  - TurtleCreekBooks - LibraryThing

Very well written, very scholarly, and also rather sedate and dry - which is a complete contrast with the life laid out here by Alice Echols. It's a calm walk alongside Janis' turbulent life, unlike ... Read full review

Contents

The Great Nowhere
3
Magnetized into Music
38
On the Edges of America
68
The Beautiful People
91
Big Brotherized
132
Hope and Hype in Monterey
161
Bye Bye Baby
191
Little Girl Blue
229
Trading Her Tomorrows
262
Epilogue
299
Where Are They Now?
312
Notes
325
Acknowledgments
391
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Alice Echols is a historian and cultural critic. She has taught at UCLA, USC, and Occidental College and has written for The Nation, The Village Voice, and L.A. Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles.

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