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Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin

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Janis Joplin was the skyrocket chick of the sixties, the woman who broke into the boys' club of rock and out of the stifling good-girl femininity of postwar America. With her incredible wall-of-sound vocals, Joplin was the voice of a generation, and when she OD'd on heroin in October 1970, a generation's dreams crashed and burned with her. Alice Echols pushes past the legary Joplin-the red-hot mama of her own invention-as well as the familiar portrait of the screwed-up star victimized by the era she symbolized, to examine the roots of Joplin's muscianship and explore a generation's experiment with high-risk living and the terrible price it exacted.

A deeply affecting biography of one of America's most brilliant and tormented stars, Scars of Sweet Paradise is also a vivid and incisive cultural history of an era that changed the world for us all.

Alice Echols is a historian and cultural critic. She has taught at UCLA, USC, and Occidental College and has written for The Nation, The Village Voice, and L.A. Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles.

Janis Joplin was the "skyrocket chick" of the sixties, the woman who broke into the boys' club of rock and out of the stifling good-girl femininity of postwar America. With her incredible wall-of-sound vocals, Joplin was the voice of a generation, and when she OD'd on heroin in October 1970, a generation's dreams crashed and burned with her. Alice Echols pushes past the legendary Joplinthe red-hot mama of her own inventionas well as the familiar portrait of the screwed-up star victimized by the era she symbolized, to examine the roots of Joplin's musicianship and explore a generation's experiment with high-risk living. A biography of one of America's most brilliant and tormented stars, Scars of Sweet Paradise is also a cultural history of an era that changed the world for us all.

"Engaging . . . One of the best features of Scars of Sweet Paradise is how seriously Echols treats music as reflecting gender, racial, and sexual politics, and as Janis's means of getting around gender roles and acquiring respect from her peers through the performative subversion of racial boundaries."Judith A. Peraino, Journal of the American Musicological Society

"A richly detailed portrait. Echols stares unflinchingly at the fault lines of the '60s counter-culture."Susie Linfield, Los Angeles Times

"A convincing psychological and sociological portrait [and] a smart, sober reappraisal of Janis Joplins whirlwind life and the hippie moment. Having interviewed scores of Joplins intimates, rock critic and historian Echols persuades us that the received image of Joplin as a wild, doomed, drunken howler memorialized in several previous biographies and in the movie The Rose is wrong only in that it emphasizes Joplins iconic extremity of style at the expense of personal and cultural context."Kirkus Reviews

"A serious biographyit does the important stuff well."Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

"In Echols's creation Joplin emerges as a true original, compelling, confounding, and rife with contradictions."Lisa Shea, Elle

Synopsis:

Janis Joplin was the skyrocket chick of the sixties, the woman who broke into the boys' club of rock and out of the stifling good-girl femininity of postwar America. With her incredible wall-of-sound vocals, Joplin was the voice of a generation, and when she OD'd on heroin in October 1970, a generation's dreams crashed and burned with her. Alice Echols pushes past the legary Joplin-the red-hot mama of her own invention-as well as the familiar portrait of the screwed-up star victimized by the era she symbolized, to examine the roots of Joplin's muscianship and explore a generation's experiment with high-risk living and the terrible price it exacted.

A deeply affecting biography of one of America's most brilliant and tormented stars, Scars of Sweet Paradise is also a vivid and incisive cultural history of an era that changed the world for us all.

Synopsis:

A deeply affecting biography of one of America's most brilliant and tormented stars, "Scars of Sweet Paradise" is also a vivid and incisive cultural history of an era that changed the world for us all. Two 8-page photo inserts.

Description:

Includes discography (p. [317]-323), bibliographical references, and index.

About the Author

Alice Echols is a historian and cultural critic. She has taught at UCLA, USC, and Occidental College and has written for The Nation, The Village Voice, and L.A. Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805053944
Author:
Echols, Alice
Publisher:
Owl Books (NY)
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Rock
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Rock musicians
Subject:
Singers
Subject:
Joplin, janis, 1943-1970
Subject:
Rock musicians -- United States.
Subject:
Singers -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Number:
1st Owl Books ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
#FPT-99-12
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Two, 8-pp bandw photo inserts
Pages:
456
Dimensions:
8.34 x 5.46 x 0.845 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
Janis Joplin was the skyrocket chick of the sixties, the woman who broke into the boys' club of rock and out of the stifling good-girl femininity of postwar America. With her incredible wall-of-sound vocals, Joplin was the voice of a generation, and when she OD'd on heroin in October 1970, a generation's dreams crashed and burned with her. Alice Echols pushes past the legary Joplin-the red-hot mama of her own invention-as well as the familiar portrait of the screwed-up star victimized by the era she symbolized, to examine the roots of Joplin's muscianship and explore a generation's experiment with high-risk living and the terrible price it exacted.

A deeply affecting biography of one of America's most brilliant and tormented stars, Scars of Sweet Paradise is also a vivid and incisive cultural history of an era that changed the world for us all.

"Synopsis" by , A deeply affecting biography of one of America's most brilliant and tormented stars, "Scars of Sweet Paradise" is also a vivid and incisive cultural history of an era that changed the world for us all. Two 8-page photo inserts.
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