Pearl: The Obsessions and Passions of Janis Joplin

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Out of the Texas-Louisiana swamps she wailed the blues like no one, black or white, has ever dared. She was Janis Joplin—the first rock star of the 1960s counterculture, a fashion trendsetter in San Francisco's back-to-the-roots movement that overtook the world, a prisoner of an ultimately doomed search for happiness in sex and drugs, money and fame.

To those who knew and loved her, she was Pearl. To an enthralled generation of youth, she was Janis Joplin, the first...

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Overview

Out of the Texas-Louisiana swamps she wailed the blues like no one, black or white, has ever dared. She was Janis Joplin—the first rock star of the 1960s counterculture, a fashion trendsetter in San Francisco's back-to-the-roots movement that overtook the world, a prisoner of an ultimately doomed search for happiness in sex and drugs, money and fame.

To those who knew and loved her, she was Pearl. To an enthralled generation of youth, she was Janis Joplin, the first rock superstar of the '60s--locked into a doomed search for satisfaction. Pearl gives readers the real Janis, including never-before-known facts about her death. 16 pages of rare photos.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446395069
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 814,759
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
l Town Without Pity: 1943-1962 1
2 The Anxious Asp: 1963-1965 43
3 Big Brother and the Holding Company: 1966 64
4 Down in Monterey: 1967 119
5 Sex, Dope, and Cheap Thrills: 1968 157
6 Queen and Consorts: 1969-1970 192
7 Kristofferson: 1970 246
8 Seth Morgan: 1970 279
9 Drinks Are on Pearl: 1970 308
Epilogue 311
Appendices 321
Coroner's Report
Discography
Bibliography 330
Index 334
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    I read this in high school and loved this book. Have been lookin

    I read this in high school and loved this book. Have been looking for it ever since. If you want to know anything about Janis this is the Book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2002

    Obsessions

    This book is an excellent telling of one of America's earliest rock star's obsessed life. From the beginning the author reveals the whole point behind Janis' life, showing how her unnatural lifestyle has affected her social life by causing the "good" people of a small Texas town to hate her, and eventually make her want to leave and start on her own. Once she decides to leave, she hitchhikes to California, and begins her career as a blues singer. She arrives and isn't greeted too well, so she gets into drugs and expands her friends slowly. But the drugs take over and soon her life is a mess; she is shooting up heroine nearly everyday, she drinks nonstop, and her sexual partners range from men to women all across the nation. As she grows older, her influence in the new rock community expands with her. Soon she has propelled herself into utter stardom, and there is no turning back. Continuing her life, Janis remains drugged out and does not reduce her drinking. Her health is running out, and she can see her life slipping through her fingers. In the end, she does not change herself and ends up dying alone in a hotel of a heroine overdose. The author shows how throughout her life, Janis tries to fix herself, how she wants to save her life but cannot. She dies depressed and lonesome.

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