Janis Joplin's sister uses newly discovered letters to chronicle the singer's life, discussing her restless teen years, involvement in the hippie scene at Haight-Ashbury, sexual experimentation, drug use, career, and death. 60,000 first printing. Tour.
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Janis Joplin's sister has fashioned a biography from the letters Janis wrote to her family during her turbulent career. The book articulates the confusion of this artist's life in the drug culture of the late sixties. Winger makes little vocal distinction between Laura's narrative and Janis's letters. Winger's voice is simultaneously gravelly, sexy and raw, yet sweet and charming. It suitably conveys the pathos of Janis Joplin, a young star who wrote home about the lifestyle that killed her. One wishes for more than a few innocuous bars of Joplin's music at the program's conclusion. D.W.K. (c)AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Kirkus Reviews:
Joplin pens a bio of her legendary older sister that's more detailed and evenhanded, yet much less dramatic and emotionally raw, than Myra Friedman's bestselling Buried Alive (1973)--and includes the rock star's unpublished letters home, more revealing for Janis's aren't-you-proud-of-me? eagerness of tone than for their contents. Describing Janis's early life and influences, especially the high cultural and educational ideals of her parents, Joplin sometimes employs a tone of stuffy propriety that seems decidedly strange--after all, this is Janis Joplin she's describing. Getting into Janis's years at the Univ. of Texas, however, Joplin rises to the task. She debunks the tale that Janis was voted ``Ugly Man on Campus'' (she was nominated by friends, not detractors, and she didn't win). But Janis was plenty tormented and complex, and we get the impression that her life would have been all booze and unfocused angry rebellion and squalor if it hadn't been for Ken Threadgill, the Austin barkeep who recognized her extraordinary musical gifts and launched her career. Once in San Francisco, Janis teamed up with a ragged, soulful band called ``Big Brother and the Holding Company,'' and all her untamable demons channelled into her art. Her performances were electric. One West Coast critic called Janis a ``shaman woman,'' and Janis didn't disagree: ``I do believe in some very amorphous things that happen when you're onstage...like something moves in the air.'' At once narcissistic and sensitive, hard-driven and childlike, the Janis that emerges here was trapped by her ``get it while you can'' image--and she apparently thought heroin oblivion was her only way out. A thorough, restrained account of an extraordinary rise and fall. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descrizione libro Bloomsbury, 1992, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Codice libro della libreria 2739999786
Descrizione libro Bloomsbury, 1992, 1992. Condizione libro: Fair. First Edition. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP89128824
Descrizione libro Bloomsbury, 1992, 1992. Condizione libro: Good. First Edition. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP12662015
Descrizione libro Bloomsbury, 1992, 1992. Condizione libro: Good. First Edition. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP95416913
Descrizione libro Villard. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. Codice libro della libreria G0670846465I3N00
Descrizione libro Villard. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fair. Dust Cover Missing. Codice libro della libreria G0670846465I5N01
Descrizione libro Bloomsbury, 1992, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Hardcover. Sound, clean & nice copy, light to moderate edgewear. Jacket has moderate rubbing/edgewear, mylared. Not price clipped. Codice libro della libreria 825200n
Descrizione libro Penguin Books Canada, Limited, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1992. Quarter Cloth. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. First Edition, First Printing. The book is near fine with very slight edge wear in a near fine dust jacket with very slight edge wear. Codice libro della libreria 008008
Descrizione libro Penguin Group (Canada), Toronto, ON, Canada, 1992. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good Plus. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good Plus. First Edition. First printing. Lightly rubbed and bumped at head of spine, backstrip pulled away at head of spine, faint pencil erasure mark on ffep, else very good plus. Remaining pages spotless. DJ lightly rubbed along top and bottom edge, lightly wrinkled at head of spine, sticker residue on rear, else very good plus. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 004994
Descrizione libro Penguin Group (Canada), Toronto, ON, Canada, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: As New. Condizione sovraccoperta: As New. 1st Edition. The book looks like new, unread and clean. Edges are sharp and fine. No tears or creases. No stain, writing or reminder marks. The binding is straight and tight. Standard shipping is by USPS Media Mail & Expedited shipping is by USPS Priority Mail or equivalent. Codice libro della libreria 009483