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Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2010
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Joplin's story is told warmly and simply, never faltering or pandering to a younger audience. Her journey from Port Arthur to Austin to San Francisco is set in a solid description of American mainstream life of the era, allowing readers to imagine what they might have chosen for themselves had they lived in conservative post-war times. Joplin's struggle to invent herself as an artist is depicted non-judgementally, with honest details about her experiences with drugs and alcohol as well as the brief time she spent attempting to live a "normal" life back home before abandoning herself to her art. Overall, I found this to be an exceptional addition to the field of biographies for teens.
The book contains an excellent introduction by Sam Andrew, who probably knew her more than anyone else. He was with her in the Big Brother & the Holding Co. band and the Kozmic Blues band.
This book is packed with details about Janis's life & career.
The book contains an appendix that covers a time line of Janis's life, beginning with her birth on January 19,1943, in Port Arthur, Texas, continuing through her life & career, her death, and ends with The American Music Masters Tribute to Janis, including Lucinda Williams singing a song about Janis on November 14, of 2009.
This book includes many illustrations from Janis's High School Years, from her career, up to tribute performances, after her death. If you like Janis, you'll love this book. Thanks!!!
P.S. I'd like to add a personal note. If you like Janis, then you'd probably like her exhibits at the Gulf Coast Music Museam, on the Texas Gulf Coast, near her home town of Port Arthur, Texas. Also, at the Hard Rock Cafe in San Antonio, there is a stainded glass mural of Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, & Stevie Ray Vaughan, all native Texans, on display there. Thanks again!!!
But Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing is more than the average biography. Angel brings Joplin to life. She manages to balance personal Janis and rockstar Janis on the page, something real life Janis always struggled with. The result is a history of the era and environment that produced Joplin the icon, as well as the story of how normal kids, like Joplin, dealt with all the changes the 60s brought about. Anecdotes from Joplin's friends and band mates appear throughout the text as do professional pictures of Joplin and her bands. The most quoted person in the book is Laura, Joplin's little sister. Sex, drugs and rock n'roll are definitely present in the book, and the over the top drug use is discussed, but Angel shows that Joplin's drug use was never her biggest problem. It was Joplin's need for love and attention that drove her to perform, and it was her fans' love of her drugged-up persona that drove her to use.
But it was Joplin's voice that made her a success, and somehow that comes through on the page. Maybe it was just that I had "Piece of My Heart" and "Me and Bobby McGee" stuck in my head for most of the time I spent reading this book (until "Mercedes Benz" was mentioned of course), but I thought Angel conveyed the grit and soul of Joplin's voice amazingly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I grew up listening and loving Janis Joplin. She was the poster child for all of us "southern gals" who didn't fit in. The first present a boy gave me was her album PEARL. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mary Ann Downing
I recently acquired this book for our public high school library. Although this book has been favorably reviewed for high school students, I was wondering how her private life... Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by X. Libris
Nothing new here. I own every single biography ever written about Janis Joplin, so when I saw "Rise Up Singing," I jumped and immediately bought it. Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by Chippy
For whatever reason, the author has obviously elected to bring out the worst points about this tremendously talented singer, and leave out all the warm and loving stories about... Read morePublished on October 26, 2011 by 40LIXX
I didn't like this book because it is poorly researched with a lot of unrelated pictures of people Janis did not know. Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Hoyt Neal
YALSA just gave this book the "excellence in non-fiction" for teens award and named it the best non-fiction book for young adults in 2011. Read morePublished on January 12, 2011 by Emily
Here is an excellent new biography of Sixties Rock icon Janis Joplin, geared to a modern teen audience. Read morePublished on December 15, 2010 by Suzy Wildwood