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Going Down with Janis

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  109 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
'IF IT FEELS GOOD, DO IT'
was Janis Joplin's philosophy

And from the four buck coffee-house gigs to fifty grand one-nighters and million dollar albums she did just that. She shot a lot of smack, grass and speed; made a lot of love - to men or women - and drank a lot of Southern Comfort and tequila. She had a real funky time ...and of course, she sang. She roared, whined an
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 28th 1980 by Dell Publishing Company (first published January 1973)
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Liz
Like this book even though its pretty obvious most of the Peggy's "memories" of Joplin are heroin fuelled fictions, created to get, well more H.
It is still an interesting insight into Joplin by someone 'who was actually there, man' because in between the active drug fuelled imagination lies some truth. You do walk away from this book feeling sorry for Joplin and Peggy as it highlights that the "Flower Child" "peace love and harmony" rhetoric that baby boomers have been bragging about since the 6
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Tim
Apr 25, 2015 Tim rated it really liked it
Shelves: music, biography, memoir
Now here was a fascinating book, one that I thought would give me some cheap thrills but that ended up being a real pearl. This is the gritty, down & dirty tale of Janis Joplin’s rise to fame, her relationships with lovers, her big-time addictions to alcohol and heroin, and her dealings with other rockers. A picture emerges of the now legendary 60s scene in San Francisco, and well, it wasn’t all free love and peace. There were overdoses, and fights, and huge egos, and enough bad behavior to ...more
Marsha
Jul 24, 2009 Marsha rated it it was amazing
This book published just a few years after singer Janis Joplin's death of an overdose of heroin is by Peggy Caserta as told to Dan Knapp. Peggy was a former lesbian lover of Ms. Joplin. The expression, play hard, die young applies here. Joplin grew up in Port Arthur, Texas, and was an insecure woman who never really got over the teasing and tormenting she received as a youngster in High School for being chubby and plain looking. She was constantly looking for love and approval. Although both Jan ...more
Chris C
Feb 11, 2010 Chris C rated it really liked it
I loved this book when I was about 15 or 16. I probably read it 3 or 4 times. It had everything a teenage girl likes to read about-lesbian sex, straight sex, lots of drugs, etc. My mother got a hold of it (along with my album of the cast of Hair) & threw it out. It was probably pretty tame compared to the books out today.
Angela Gebhardt
Jul 31, 2014 Angela Gebhardt rated it really liked it
It was a pretty interesting read, for sure. Although I'm even more curious how much of e memories are real or heroin-induced, it was fun to "get inside" the minds of Peggy and Janis for a bit :)
Sigrid
Jan 04, 2014 Sigrid rated it it was amazing
I first read this in 1978, when I was 18. My roommate in college gave me this book to help bring me out of the closet, which is something her ex did for her three years earlier! Anyway, I wasn't that familiar with Janis but learned a great deal about her inner life and what things were like for musicians during the sex-drugs-rock and roll years.
Lisa
Dec 31, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had found this book when I was 14. If you are queer and love Janis have feelings attacks you should totally read this. It very well may all be lies but I want to, and so I do, believe.
Ali Tran
Nov 18, 2010 Ali Tran rated it really liked it
I liked this book because it gave an interesting look into the life of Janis Joplin. The author didn't shy away from Janis' bisexuality and her involvement with the tragic blues singer.
Chamie
Feb 26, 2012 Chamie rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this. Best star book I 've read, and to think I got this at the St. Vincent Depaul for 50 cents.
Joe
Jul 14, 2008 Joe rated it liked it
Recommends it for: music geeks
Tell-all memoir from one of Janis Joplin's lovers. Nothing to write home about.
Unigami
Feb 11, 2012 Unigami rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, music
ehhh....found it at a used book sale...it was okay...
Leslie Hardiman
Pretty good...
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