Scars of Sweet Paradise

Scars of Sweet Paradise The Life and Times of Janis Joplin

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Publisher's Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781860497292
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
DEWEY: 782.42166092
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 408
Weight: 314g
Height: 197mm
Width: 128mm
Spine width: 30mm