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Scars of Sweet Paradise The Life and Times of Janis Joplin (Paperback)

Author:  Alice Echols
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0805053948
ISBN-13: 9780805053944
Sku: 30536580
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Pages:  408
Age Range:  NA
 
The effort to kick junk and cut down on drinking was fueled, more than anything else, by turns in Janis's career. She might have been feeling lonely and used, but by spring 1970 she was finally beginning to take command of her musical development. (from the first line)
Once Bobby Neuwirth convinced John Cooke that Janis was off smack and her new band red-hot, Cooke agreed to return to the fold. As he watched Janis and the guys rehearse, he was immediately struck by her willingness to take charge. There was a huge difference, he says, "between late 1968, when she was trying to put the Kozmic Blues Band together and basically expected it to be done for her by Nick Gravenites, Mike Bloomfield, and Albert, and 1970, when she took a much more active role." At this point, Cooke notes, she was an experienced professional who'd faced all sorts of audiences and cut three records, whereas the Full Tilt Boogie boys were younger and unacquainted with the world of bigtime rock 'n' roll. "Janis knew more than they did," he says.
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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The undisputed queen of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, 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 at the age of twenty-seven in October 1970, the dreams of her generation crashed and burned with her. | Now Alice Echols pushes beyond the legendary Joplin--the red-hot mama of her own invention--and the equally familiar portrait of the screwed-up star victimized by the era she symbolized. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, Echols reveals how this sweet-voiced girl from Texas re-created herself, first as a gravelly-voiced bluesy folksinger, and then as rock 'n' roll's first female superstar. She examines the roots of Joplin's musicianship and her efforts, both onstage and off, to live on what she called "the outer limits of probability," drinking and carousing like one of the guys, 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: how the misfit rebel kids of America became the "beautiful people" of Haight-Ashbury; how rock was transformed from the stepchild of the entertainment industry to its prize jewel; how a generation's experiment with high-risk living, what Joplin called the "superhypermost," exacted its terrible price. A deeply affecting biography of one of America's most brilliant and tormented stars, SCARS OF SWEET PARADISE is also a vivid account of an era that changed the world for us all.
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.
Drawing on hundreds of interviews, a noted 1960s historian goes beyond the legend of Janis Joplin to reveal the roots of her musical talent and the chaotic world in which she lived and died
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The trajectory of Janis Joplin's life led her from the smelly cultural wasteland of Port Arthur, a town that had grown up around the Texas oil industry, towards the sweeter-smelling, artistically fertile environs of mid-1960s San Francisco. Fuelled by a burning desire to transcend her origins, as well as a healthy dose of ambition, she became one of a handful of musicians whose mere first names--Jim, Jimi, Janis--conjure the promise and tragedy of the Sixties. Alice Echols' sensitively written biography deconstructs the Joplin legend with revealing reminiscences from the singer's contemporaries, and particularly evocative descriptions of both the repressive atmosphere of '60s small-town Texas and the liberating, yet often sordid world of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. Presenting Joplin's freewheeling and ultimately self-destructive career in all its messy detail--including her tangled love life, her triumphs at the Fillmore and at Monterey, and her frustration at the musical limitations of her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company--SCARS OF SWEET PARADISE is a refreshing reassessment of the '60s icon that shows the human being behind the myth.

Praise

Kirkus Reviews
"What's lacking here is Joplin's music: while Echols's is a convincing psychological and sociological portrait, we come away with little sense of the substance or quality of her records." 1/15/1999

Los Angeles Times
"In the compelling new biography SCARS OF SWEET PARADISE, Alice Echols promises to neither 'pathologize nor normalize Janis.' And she doesn't, presenting us instead with a richly detailed portrait of a woman who was simultaneously a sexual outcast and a sexual adventurer, a defiant bohemian and a needy junkie, a hippie-chick icon and a lonely isolate....Even better, Echols resists the lure to either idealize or demonize the '60s counterculture that nourished Joplin." 12/9/1999

Mojo
"SCARS OF SWEET PARADISE is not just another tale of debauchery, selfishness and extraordinary pain. Superbly reported over five years, backed by on-the-record interviews with many of Joplin's lovers, bandmates and junk buddies, it offers a wonderfully intelligent, detailed look not just at Joplin, but a the strange world in which she enjoyed, or at least endured, her few years of success. Echols has an academic pedigree...but she steers well clear of academic pretension while deftly drawing on her command of '60s cultural history. So abundant is the good stuff that smart, funny quotes go sailing by on virtually every page." July 1999

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0408
Product attributePublisher:   Owl Books (NY)
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