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Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing

by Ann Angel

Published by Amulet Books, 2010
120 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8109-8349-6

Age 14 and older

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Janis Joplinís transformation from member of the high school Slide Rule Club to rock star fame is documented with insight into her personal choices and her public persona. From the opening chapter which shows a young Janis attempting and failing to fit the traditional expectations of her hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, readers are given a sense of the woman whose interests (African American singers, the Blues), and style (brash, outspoken, unrepentant) set her outside mainstream society, but who always sought attention and approval. Despite occasional enrollment at college and university, Janis couldnít ignore the pull of her talent and inevitably drifted back to the music scene and the self-destructive behavior to which it was so closely linked. Janisís risk-taking lifestyle is put within the context of the 1960s, acknowledging the open attitude toward sex and drug use prevalent among her peers and fans in the music world. Janisís family was also important to her, and she maintained a regular correspondence with her parents and sister despite making choices they didnít condone. Information about Janisís bands and her evolving public image is covered both in the narrative and visually through numerous photographs, album and magazine covers, and promotional posters. Detailed source notes, a timeline, and a bibliography are included. (MVL) ©2010 Cooperative Childrenís Book Center


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