Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing
Forty years after her death, Janis Joplin remains among the most compelling and influential figures in rock-and-roll history. Her story—told here with depth and sensitivity by author Ann Angel—is one of a girl who struggled against rules and limitations, yet worked diligently to improve as a singer. It’s the story of an outrageous rebel who wanted to be loved, and of a wi...more
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Angel, A. (2010). Janis Joplin: Rise up singing. New York: Amulet Books. ISBN 9780810983496. (120 pages).
The Summer Texan, a school newspaper in Austin best portrayed the young and vibrant Joplin as - “She goes barefooted when she feels like it, wears Levi’s to class because they’re more comfortable, and carries her Autoharp with her everywhere she goes. She leads a life that is enviously unrestrained” (Angel, 2010).
Texas native Janis Joplin led a remarkable career in music...more
Many people consider Janis Joplin the first queen of rock. Her remarkable career lasted barely three years before she died at age twenty-seven from alcohol and drug abuse, but her fame lives on through her music. This book celebrates her story forty years after her death starting with her teenage years in Port Arthur, Texas. Even though she was a good student, Janis never quite fit in at school. After trying out college with similar results, she drifted into the music scene and discovere...more
The theme of the book was not so much to discuss the history and accomplishments of Janis Joplin, but to enlighten the public about who she was as an individual. She was very self concious, and craved acceptanc...more
Her long hair flying around her face and sticking to her sweat-soaked cheeks, she stomped her feet, sometimes rising up on her toes to capture a high note, swinging and swaying to the beat to the music. She would scream, “I’m gonna try…, “...more
This is the first book that I have read this year that is nonfiction and I'm so glad I picked it up.
I didn't know that much about Janis Joplin before I picked up this book but after finishing it, I really wished that Janis lived longer because she definitely wasn't able to reach her potential. She was ambitious, driven, funny and very wise for her age. I didn't know she died at the age of 27! That's crazy! She was compared to Judy Garland (who lived longer than Janis) because of the d...more
The eye-popping design is a delight. The colors and patterns adroning the pages reflect the psychedelic look of the album art incuded...more
The facts given jibe with the rest of the biographies I've read (and I've read 'em all). The author's love and reverence for the subject inform the book without glossing over any of Joplin's shortcomings. The photographs are lovely, of course. The introduction by Sam Andrew is very touching. The digressions about the sixties are fairly well-done....more
I feel lukewarm about this book because, while it was written nicely and it was quite informative, I don't know why I should care. I've heard of Janis Joplin and I know some of her songs, but not many people in my generation have much of a connection with her. I think if I had trouble connecting to her and h...more