Synopses & Reviews
Forty years after her death, Janis Joplin remains among the most
compelling and influential figures in rock-and-roll history. Her
story — told here with depth and sensitivity by author Ann Angel — is one of
a girl who struggled against rules and limitations, yet worked
diligently to improve as a singer. It’s the story of an outrageous rebel
who wanted to be loved, and of a wild woman who wrote long, loving
letters to her mom. And finally, it’s the story of one of the most
iconic female musicians in American history, who died at twenty-seven.
Janis Joplin includes more than sixty photographs, and an assortment of
anecdotes from Janis’s friends and band mates. This thoroughly
researched and well-illustrated biography is a must-have for all young
artists, music lovers, and pop-culture enthusiasts.
"Angel (Such a Pretty Face), an admitted Joplin fan, pens a fast-paced biography of the iconic singer's short life and tragic demise with an undercurrent of homage. Over 10 chapters, the dichotomous nature of the 1960s star emerges — as a self- destructive, renegade rocker and an insecure, attention-craving young woman — and readers come away with a good sense of both. Evocative writing describes Joplin's world: from her struggles in her confining Texas hometown to the San Francisco hippie scene and her performances. 'Her voice purred and rose in a wail that sent shivers through the crowd. She swung her hair and stomped her foot, moaning.... And then her voice escalated in a keening scream.' Personal photographs, album covers, and playbills flesh out Joplin's life story (b&w photographs show a young Joplin in a church choir and elementary school operetta, while a later image depicts the singer, a breast bared, in bed with partially nude bandmates). Recalling motifs from that era, curlicue graphics overlay vivid colors to create vertical borders. A time line, source notes, bibliography, and index conclude this tribute to a complicated pioneer. Ages 14 – up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Forty years after her death, Janis Joplin remains among the most compelling and influential figures in rock history. Her story is one of a girl who struggled against rules and limitations, yet worked diligently to improve as a singer. Full color.
About the Author
is the author of six biographies and works of criticism. She graduated
from Vermont College’s MFA program in writing for children, and she
works as an author and educator, focusing on young adults. She was the
editor for Abrams’s Such a Pretty Face. She lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Visit her online at www.annangelwriter.com.