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Buried Alive: Janis Joplin [Paperback]

Myra Friedman
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31 Dec 1992
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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  • Paperback: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; New and Updated, 1st Harmony Books Ed edition (31 Dec 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517586509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517586501
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.3 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,959,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Port Arthur is an oil refinery town in the southeastern corner of Texas where the Sabine Lake blocks it from melting into Louisiana and where the Neches River, running along the northeastern rim of the town, twists down from Beaumont some twelve miles to the northwest. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic and Passionate Work 8 Nov 1998
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Myra Friedman's classic biography of Janis Joplin is a must read for anyone interested in the life and art of this great singer. The Harmony edition of Buried Alive contains the most on the mark, intelligent description of Joplin's art that has been published to date. "Want to be hippies" will no doubt dislike this book, as the author smashes any romantic fantasies that people may have about the turbulent decade of the sixties. The author's love and affection for her subject is evident throughout this magnificent work, which won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award when first published. Of the many books available on Janis Joplin, Buried Alive has no serious competition. Joplin was a complex, and troubled young woman and no one has come closer to revealing the truth about this extraordinary, sensitive artist than Myra Friedman.
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In depth look into the making of a rock and roll icon. Includes many unflattering details that let the reader see glimpses of the real Joplin while still allowing him/her to form their own opinion of her life and death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Janis Joplin Buried Alive 18 Sep 2013
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What a great read.Could not put the book down. The book was also delivered quickly. I would recommend this to any Janis Joplin fan.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shame about ................. 16 Oct 2012
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Myra Friedman's writing is overly florid and pretentious.

If you are interested in Janis, her life, her love, her joy and her art, then I would recommend that this is a book to avoid.
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A really well written book, nicely updated since previous versions and a real must for any Janis fan or any music buff with a passing interest in music from the 60's and 70's. A fascinating life from small town Port Arthur, Texas to the world stage. An artist and tortured soul who was just never destined to make the long haul. Buy if you like Jim Morrison / Jimi Hendrix et al. BE WARNED THE 9.62 KINDLE PRICE IS TOTALLY OUTRAGEOUS for this book!

Come on Amazon - help us help you! You want to sell more eBooks then these crazy prices must be reviewed!

5/5 for the book and story
1/5 for the price of the eBook!
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