Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel

Janis Joplin was born January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas and died on October 4, 1970 (at the age of 27) from a drug overdose.  She lived fast and died young.

She was a white girl who sang the blues and captured the attention of the world after her performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

When she was growing up she was a misfit and shunned by most of her peers.  She kept to herself, read and painted, and waited for her opportunity to escape.

This book is based on interviews with Joplin's friends and colleagues.  It's the portrait of a complicated, talented young woman who was powerful and yet completely insecure at the same time.  She was a wild child, unable to follow her parent's rules, or anybody else's.

Dozens of photos capture the singer and frame the decade that she so dominated.

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