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Going down with Janis
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About the Author
Daniel Knapp has written and edited fiction and non-fiction for such national publications as TIME, The Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Life, The New York Times Magazine, Reader's Digest, The Saturday Evening Post, West Magazine, Performing Arts, People, Show, and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. His Esquire profile of Mao Tse Tung, "A Day In The Life Of The Chairman," has been translated into a dozen languages, and included in anthologies and university textbooks. He is the author of the bestselling "as told to" biography Going Down With Janis, a scathing look at the underbelly of the early rock world and the life and times of rock star Janis Joplin. He also wrote Baccarat, a study of the high roller game and the man who brought it to Las Vegas after escaping Cuba's civil war. When the print edition of his novel, California Woman was originally published, it sold approximately a half million copies. His stand alone sequel to California Woman entitled THE WOMEN IN TYLER'S WILL is now available in Kindle and large glossy paperback editions at Amazon.com. He now lives in Salt Lake City with his wife of 36 years, Leslie; formerly head of the division of biological anthropology at the University of Cambridge, she is now the Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Utah. They have travelled the world together pursuing primate research and new subjects for fiction and non-fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Janis or her music and should NOT be credited for knowing the real story. The latest bio flick out directed Amy Berg is trying to paint Janis as in love with the last guy she met in Rio who she would have probably
married. Well, this is Miss Berg's romantic take on the story but she did not see what I saw and lived through. I also saw Janis perform over 20 times. I know of where I speak and lived through that era! Bravo to Peggy & Alice for telling the real story about a magnificent talent.
Sure, there are certain outrageous, pulp fiction moments that could have only been written by a man, in this case Don Knapp. But the bulk of this tale reveals a tender and affectionate portrait of Janis, one painted with humor, frankness and entertaining detail. Peggy Caserta has been dismissed over the years as someone who was more of an acquaintance to Janis than a real lover and friend. How, then, did Peggy become the one person Janis wanted helicoptered to Woodstock to join her at the monumental occasion if she were merely an insignificant sidekick?
Peggy and Janis were lovers and addicts. This is the unvarnished truth of the matter. Hopefully Peggy will get her due someday with this under-appreciated book, and a publisher will come along to render it from the out-of-print status and bless us with a new edition, complete with an addendum to the story of Peggy herself, and how she has coped over the years with the invective that has been hurled at her for this book. She was not responsible for Janis's death. Janis was. Yet she has been cast as the villain by such biographers as Myra Friedman, whose overrated "Buried Alive" did more damage to Janis's memory than anything Peggy could have ever contemplated writing. And if you want to read an exploitive biography, try "Pearl, the Obsessions and Passions..." These are the writers who have trashed Janis, NOT Peggy.
Upon reading this very unique book, one can only wonder what Peggy is up to these days, and hope she is faring well.