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Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2010
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Other biographies include ROBERT CORMIER: WRITER OF THE CHOCOLATE WAR (Enslow, 2007). A biography of AMY TAN, WEAVER OF ASIAN AMERICAN TALES (Enslow in 2009), and a student's guide to Sandra Cisneros in 2010. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies including, Flash Forward Youth: 65 Short-Short Stories (Persea Book, 2011).
Works in progress include young adult novels, a book on trafficking in the United States and more short stories.
Ann often speaks to middle graders and high schoolers as well as adults about writing about tough topics.
"When I'm not pushing a deadline, I'm teaching graduates students in writing at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin or working with some of the greatest local writers through SCBWI-Wisconsin. You can also find me hanging out with my husband Jeff and whichever of our four twenty-somethings happens to be wandering around the house. You can read more about my years as one of nine kids growing up in Wisconsin on my website."
Top Customer Reviews
"Fame had nurtured and encouraged Janis's wild, over-the-top behavior. People loved when she swaggered onto the stage with a bottle of Southern Comfort or waxed lyrical about getting high. And, along the way, she became as hooked on adulation as she was on drugs and alcohol. It was the attention she craved all her life, from her lonely high school days to her spirited college days to her crazy days in San Francisco, speeding around town in her psychedelic Porsche. To feed her voracious need for more love and praise, she became ever more outrageous. She took greater and greater personal risks until, finally, sheer carelessness caught up with her..." (Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing, page 99).
Janis was an awesome blues singer. I saw her shortly after she joined Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1966. But her life went out of control, resulting in her untimely death. This books celebrates the music, while providing a cautionary tale for readers that "sex, drugs and rock and roll" can lead down a dark path to addiction, and in this case, eventually death.
For a young person wanting to better understand what Janis was all about, or to get a better understanding of the psychedelic music scene in the late Sixties, this volume does an amazing job of showing it as it was.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
This well-researched biography of Janis Joplin starts at her high school in Port Arther, Texas and follows her life and career to their untimely end a little over 10 years later. Read morePublished on February 7, 2011 by Lawral Wornek
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
This book covers Janis's life starting from her days at Port Arthur High School, in Port Arthur, Texas, and covering her life and career up through her untimely death, and even... Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Gary Covington
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