Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin

Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin

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by Myra Friedman
     
 

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Electrifying, highly acclaimed, and intensely personal, this new and updated version of Myra Friedman's classic biography of Janis Joplin teems with dramatic insights into Joplin's genius and into the chaotic times that catapulted her to fame as the legendary queen of rock. It is a stunning panorama of the turbulent decade when Joplin's was the rallying voice of a

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Electrifying, highly acclaimed, and intensely personal, this new and updated version of Myra Friedman's classic biography of Janis Joplin teems with dramatic insights into Joplin's genius and into the chaotic times that catapulted her to fame as the legendary queen of rock. It is a stunning panorama of the turbulent decade when Joplin's was the rallying voice of a generation that lost itself in her music and found itself in her words.

From her small hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, from the intimate coffeehouses to the supercharged concert halls, from the glitter of worldwide fame to her tragic end in a Hollywood hotel, here is all the fire and anguish of an immortal, immensely talented, and troubled performer who devoured everything the rock scene had to offer in a fatal attempt to make peace with herself and her era. Yet, in an eloquent introduction recently written by the author, Joplin emerges from her "ugly duckling" childhood as a woman truly ahead of her time, an outrageous rebel, a defiant outcast and artist of incomparable authenticity who, almost in spite of herself, became to so many a symbol of triumph over adversity.

This edition also contains an afterword detailing the whereabouts of a large and colorful cast of characters who were part of Joplin's life, as well as "We Remember Janis," a new chapter of poignant and affectionate anecdotes told by friends.

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"One of the best books about a rock figure thus far...Buried Alive is unquestionably an accomplishment and it may well be the best portrait we'll have of Janis — and past even that, it seems a study of the motivations of stardom as true as one is likely to achieve....I'd take Buried Alive over Norman Mailer's metaphysical Marilyn any day!" — Rolling Stone

"Brilliant, marvelous, emotionally devastating...I don't think there's anything about Janis the book leaves untouched....I can almost hear her speak and, more relevantly, hear her laugh." — New York Daily News

"Written with a sympathetic intelligence, at times fiercely lyrical, Buried Alive is an honest book about Joplin the idol....This is the best book yet about rock...."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517586501
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
229,840
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 8.91(h) x 0.82(d)

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Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used this book for Living history and I loved the speificness of her childhood. I couldnt find that anywhere else.
KPShrewsbury More than 1 year ago
Interesting to learn of the over-the-top life of Jania, however I did not care for Myra Friedman's writing style......a little too text-bookish to be entertaining.
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
Buried Alive is a moving and disturbing account of Janis Joplin's life. Written by her publicist, who knew Janis well, this book definitely shines a spotlight on Janis' erratic behavior and personality. I was somewhat disappointed that the author glossed over Woodstock and Janis' participation there. However, it was well written and filled with personal observations and experiences with Janis as she traveled to stardom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read every book published about Janis, Buried Alive was above and beyond the most interesting to read. Loaded with fact and inevitable drama, Myra Friedman (seems) to have accurately conveyed the reality of Janis'life and personal turmoil. She seems to feel protective of and exhasperated by the subject. Yet,as a responsible writer, she seems to not have polished,finessed nor refrained from conveying the harsh reality of the singer's life.I ripped through the book and think it would be super interesting to meet Myra Friedman; she writes very well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book yet about Janis Joplin her life and her legend.Myra Freidmans insights are deeply felt and thought provoking.Also gives a complete feeling of what it was like to live in the turbulent era that was the 60's.In my opinion this is the best book about Janis.Honest and unromantisied.