Pearl: The Obsessions and Passions of Janis Joplin

Pearl The Obsessions and Passions of Janis Joplin 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 s counterculture a fashion trendsetter in San Fr

  • Title: Pearl: The Obsessions and Passions of Janis Joplin
  • Author: Ellis Amburn
  • ISBN: 9780446395069
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.
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    • Meredith says:

      Oh, Janis Joplin, I wish I knew how to quit you. Your voice was amazing, but my god. The sex. The drugs. The ego. You're absolutely no good for me, and reading about your lesbian conquests, your insatiable drug lust, and how you squandered your voice with second-rate musicians and on hackneyed song arrangements is really depressing but thoroughly engrossing!

    • Bibliophile says:

      I was surprised to realize I'd never read this, or any other, biography of Joplin. I went through all the seediest rock'n'roll biographies in my teens and somehow skipped Janis. Shame on me. As far as biographies go, this one is pretty superficial and doesn't provide much insight into her person. It's a fun read though, considering that Joplin was crazy talented and knew how to party. She hung out with all the coolest cats and bedded the hottest dudes and dames while maintaining a heroin-fueled [...]

    • Rebecca says:

      What I learned from this book was that Joplin was as disgusting as I thought she was. The author was not objective, he adored her. I thought perhaps if I understood her better I'dwell, I guess that I'd understand her better but Amburn really shed no light on why she did what she did. Ultimately, it bored me.

    • Meen says:

      I like to read junkie stories. They help me stay thankful to be clean and sober. Addiction is fucking deadly.

    • Tiffany Turner says:

      I love Janis Joplin. Her rough, bohemian voice fills up my heart and this wonderful look into herself and her life is fantastic. I only wish she had been taken from us so that I could read this story in her own words. Rest in peace, flower child.

    • Letitia says:

      This has long been a much-loved book of mine, ever since I stole it from the library as a teenager. The author obviously loves Janis, so sometimes this book can be a little one sided. But, even so, I always get a kick out of reading it. I have read many Janis biographies, but this one has always been my favorite. I think a lot of that has to do with the way it kind of sugarcoats the hippie lifestyle, which for many, held some pretty dark undercurrents. But there are plenty of Janis books that fo [...]

    • Amy says:

      Obviously, it helps to like Janis Joplin to appreciate this book. I have always liked her music and her *#@! you attitudet to mention her incredible style! It's no secret- considering the way Janis died- that she wasn't an entirely happy person and this book explores a childhood that contributed to that along with failed relationships and some really bad choices. It spans from grade school to her time with Big Brother and the Holding Company to her sad and untimely death. It's an unauthorized bi [...]

    • Kat says:

      Friends bought this book for me back in high school, when I was going through a serious Joplin obsession. It was a really good breakdown of her tragic life and the things that happened to her. There were good pictures, good stories, and detailed information, but it was a bit journalistically cold in tone.

    • Kate says:

      I love Janis and it is hard to read about how depressed she was throughout her life. The highlight of the book is the football picture of my high school history teacher, who also happened to be one of Janis' high school buddies, Grant Lyons! This book also gave me the strong impression that Kris Kristofferson is a jerk, but I don't remember the specifics.

    • Josie says:

      Speaking of beach reads (last review), this is a book I devoured on the beach. I used to be absolutely nuts over Janis Joplin and this is a great, in-depth biography. It's colorful, as any Joplin bio would have to be, and the author's descriptions made me feel like I was right there watching everything unfold. Me gusta!

    • Amy says:

      I was obsessed with Janis in college, I think more at first to shock my excessively straightlaced boyfriend and mother, and then I read this book and just felt so sorry for this misunderstood, lost woman.

    • Janna says:

      This could've been a lot better if the author hadn't spent so much detail on individual evenings or concerts - especially since many of them were the same. Heroin, sex, arguing, repeat. But I think he does a great job getting into why she relied so heavily on drugs and died so young.

    • Kassandra Miller says:

      An quick read for a biography. Janis Joplin was a product of the 1960's from her rise to stardom to her untimely death. This book gives you all the scandal, flavor and sadness of her life. Janis was a vibrant and powerful singer whose legend lives on.

    • John says:

      I guess I was looking for more than a salacious book

    • Ash says:

      Sex, drugs, and the blues. "I want to burn. I want to smolder." I've always loved her voice. Cheap Thrills was the first record I'd blast whenever my parents left the house.

    • Adam Krajnik says:

      Seems reliable in terms of facts, but I needed some time (too long) to get use to the writer's style. It wasn't as pleasant to read as it should have been.

    • Janie says:

      Not somebody you would want to call a close friend.

    • Della says:

      Oh my goodness, Oh my goodness! Loved it! I also learned some things about Janis and her life. Some happy, some sad, but I just couldn't put it down!

    • Jennifer says:

      Very intelligent read. The author draws a lot on what was going on in the world, the music industry and the nation in explaining the influence on Janis, as well as her influence on music.

    • Julie_ian_curtis says:

      Before the Alice Echols book came out, this was the definitive go-to janis book 4 feb 20155 dec 201519 april 201604 May 2016

    • Lauren Rae says:

      janis joplin is the queen of rock and roll.

    • Peter Swanson says:

      I love Janis Joplin's singing, and have had an infatuation with her since 1968. Read this, then put on Cheap Thrills (preferably on vinyl) and let her raw soul invade your heart.

    • Marie says:

      I love Janis, the woman wails I knew a little of her story, but this captures not only the tragedy of the woman, but the imfamy of the rock star!

    • Desiree says:

      not the most beautifully-written bio, but fascinating for anyone who loves janis.

    • Angela Joyce says:

      Painful, but well-written as heck.

    • Sarah says:

      gosh, i read this book in high school? it's a fascinating look at one of the more bright personalities from the '60s who died too soon.

    • Christy says:

      an unauthorized bio of the life of Janis Joplin.

    • Sara says:

      Janis Joplin's life was a sad, downward spiral. This book lists all of the messed up things that happened along that ride. It wasn't a bad book, but it was really depressing.

    • Clare says:

      Thoroughly engrossing

    • Nif Wilkinson says:

      Always loved her until I read this and realised she's just a bit of a tool really.

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