Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin by Myra FriedmanElectrifying, highly acclaimed, and intensely personal, this new and updated version of Myra Friedmans classic biography of Janis Joplin teems with dramatic insights into Joplins 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 Joplins 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 Franciscos 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 Joplins life, as well as We Remember Janis, a new chapter of poignant and affectionate anecdotes told by friends.
Songs about Janis Joplin
Janis Lyn Joplin January 19, — October 4, was an American rock , soul, and blues singer-songwriter, and one of the most successful and widely known rock stars of her era. A fourth album, Pearl , was released in January , just over three months after her death. It reached number one on the Billboard charts. In , Joplin rose to fame following an appearance at Monterey Pop Festival , where she was the lead singer of the then little-known San Francisco psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She appeared at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Joplin, a mezzo-soprano  highly respected for her charismatic performing ability, was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Audiences and critics alike referred to her stage presence as "electric".
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Kristofferson and Donnie Fritz wrote this song after listening to Janis Joplin's posthumously released album "Pearl". Jerry Garcia's tribute to Janis, mourning her loss., She penned only a handful of the songs that made her famous during her brief career, including the favorites 'Down on Me' and 'Move Over. Hopefully, our playlist of Original Versions of 10 Songs Made Famous by Janis Joplin will introduce you to some great songs that influenced one of rock's most magnetic singers.
Born on January 19, , in Port Arthur, Texas, Janis Joplin developed a love of music at an early age, but her career didn't take off until she joined the band Big Brother and the Holding Company in Their album, Cheap Thrills , was a huge hit. However, friction between Joplin and the band prompted her to part ways with Big Brother soon after. The album received mixed reviews, but her second project, Pearl , released after Joplin's death, was a huge success. The singer died of an accidental overdose on October 4, , at age Breaking new ground for women in rock music, Joplin rose to fame in the late s and became known for her powerful, blues-inspired vocals.