Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin

Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin

by Alice Echols (Author)


The undisputed queen of sex, drugs and rock n' roll was also the voice of a generation who, when she overdosed on heroin at the age of twenty-seven in October 1970; became the posthumous icon of bad girl femininity for millions around the world.
Drawing on hundreds of interviews Echols renders Joplin in all her complexity, revealing how this sweet-voiced girl from Texas recreated herself, first as a gravely-voiced bluesy folksinger, and then as rock n' roll's first female superstar. Echols examines the roots of her musicianship and her efforts to probe the outer limits of life; 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 - a generation's experiment with high-risk living and the exacting price they ultimately paid for this. Written in a captivating novel-like style this is a deeply affecting biography of one of America's most talented, tormented and enduring stars.


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More Information

Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
Published: 07 Jun 2001

ISBN 10: 1860497292
ISBN 13: 9781860497292
Book Overview: * Review coverage in national and music press, style and women's magazines * Radio reading to be confirmed

Media Reviews
Finally a biography that doesn't downplay Janis's intelligence and deep knowledge of traditional American music ... how refreshing * Joan Osborne *
Fascinating and insightful ... Alice Echols analyzes Joplin's place in the sixties with skill and brings her rebellion and pain vividly to life * JON WIENER, author of COME TOGETHER: JOHN LENNON AND HIS TIME *
Forget everything you've ever read, heard or seen about Janis Joplin- Alice Echold has wirtten the definitve account of rock's first female superstar... enjoy it. * IRISH TIMES *
After reading this, the next time you hear the raw, emotional pain in Janis Joplin's voice, you will understand where it all comes from. * THE TIMES *
Author Bio
Alice Echols is a cultural critic and a historian of the sixties. She has taught at UCLA, USC and Occidental College and has written about rock music for the NATION and L.A. WEEKLY. She lives in Los Angeles.