Scars Of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin (Paperback)
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Scars Of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin (Paperback)

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Published: 07/06/2001
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The undisputed queen of sex, drugs and rock n' roll was also the voice of a generation who, when she overdosed on heroin at the age of twenty-seven in October 1970; became the posthumous icon of bad girl femininity for millions around the world.
Drawing on hundreds of interviews Echols renders Joplin in all her complexity, revealing how this sweet-voiced girl from Texas recreated herself, first as a gravely-voiced bluesy folksinger, and then as rock n' roll's first female superstar. Echols examines the roots of her musicianship and her efforts to probe the outer limits of life; declaring herself the first white-black person and pursuing sex with men and women alike.
Moving from the electric ballrooms of San Francisco to the mud-soaked fields of Woodstock, Joplin's story is also a chronicle of the revolutions of the sixties - a generation's experiment with high-risk living and the exacting price they ultimately paid for this. Written in a captivating novel-like style this is a deeply affecting biography of one of America's most talented, tormented and enduring stars.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781860497292
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 312 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 32 mm


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Finally a biography that doesn't downplay Janis's intelligence and deep knowledge of traditional American music ... how refreshing - Joan Osborne

Fascinating and insightful ... Alice Echols analyzes Joplin's place in the sixties with skill and brings her rebellion and pain vividly to life - JON WIENER, author of COME TOGETHER: JOHN LENNON AND HIS TIME

Forget everything you've ever read, heard or seen about Janis Joplin- Alice Echold has wirtten the definitve account of rock's first female superstar... enjoy it. - IRISH TIMES

After reading this, the next time you hear the raw, emotional pain in Janis Joplin's voice, you will understand where it all comes from. - THE TIMES

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