First I have to thank First to Read for providing me with a copy of "On the Road with Janis Joplin" is John Byrne Cooke's first hand account of the riFirst I have to thank First to Read for providing me with a copy of "On the Road with Janis Joplin" is John Byrne Cooke's first hand account of the rise and gone before her time of female rock legend, Janis Joplin. In telling about the rock and roll lifestyle of Janis Joplin, Cooke also makes sure to share with the reader information about what was happening in the world around them from the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, to the various events of the Vietnam War, and of course Janis's performance at Woodstock. As Janis's road manager, Cooke was there to witness both the good and the bad of Janis's life. He tells not only of her well known drug use, but also of the life and vibrancy she exuded and her complete and unfailing love for those who were closest to her.
I really enjoyed reading this book for I truly did learn a lot more about Janis Joplin than I knew previously. It was amazing to read about all of the various famous people of the time she knew, such as: Shel Silverstein who was working for "Playboy" as a cartoonist and writer at the time, Jerry Lee Lewis who she got into a physical altercation with after he told her he didn't think her sister was all that attractive, and her utter and mutual dislike of Jim Morrison. While reading this wonderful insight into what some would deem a tragic life, I couldn't help but find myself listening to many of the songs which were produced by the bands that are mentioned throughout the book for not only being popular at the time, but also for their interactions with Janis. I became not only fully immersed in the reading of this book and Janis's life, but in the music of the time.
Janis Joplin said the following about her life: "All my life, I just wanted to be a beatnik. Meet all the heavies, get stoned, get laid, have a good time. That's all I ever wanted. Except I knew I had a good voice and I could always get a couple of beers off of it. All of a sudden someone threw me in this rock-n-roll band. They threw these musicians at me, man, and the sound was coming from behind. The bass was charging me. And I decided then and there that was it. I never wanted to do anything else."
Well, after reading this book, I would have to say that Janis did exactly as she set out to do. For those who: lived during this time and remember the events of the 60s and 70s, who were fans of the music of Janis Joplin, and those who want to know more about this legendary singer and what was going on around her, I would recommend this book to....more
When my friend, and surviving flight attendant, Susan White first mentioned to me that she was making a trip to meet with Laurence Gonzales because heWhen my friend, and surviving flight attendant, Susan White first mentioned to me that she was making a trip to meet with Laurence Gonzales because he wanted to interview her and fellow survivors about United 232, my interest in the book was first peaked. I was only 5 when the crash occurred and so have no recollection of the initial news coverage. My first understanding and introduction to the tragedy came with the made for TV movie which starred Charleton Heston which aired a few years after the crash. Upon coming to work for United myself, many years later, I was fortunate to get to meet and fly with Susan White, although at the time I did not know that she had been one of the flight attendants from 232. Over the years I have been glad and proud to count Susan amongst one of my wonderful friends and flying partners at United, she is a woman who has had to deal with so much but manages to always have a smile and friendly personable demeanor towards her co-workers and all of our customers on every flight.
I really enjoyed reading this book, not only because it gave me more insight into what my friend experienced that day, but also a deeper understanding of the incident itself and all of the factors which led up to the crash and just how remarkable of a job the pilots did in getting that plane on the ground. My father, who later became a pilot with United and flew briefly on the DC-10 before it was retired, had always told me that in all simulations which followed the crash, no one had ever been able to duplicate it to have survivors, all simulations came up with the same result, all souls onboard lost in the crash. Although I knew that 232 has long been considered one of those air incidents that should not have had any survivors, it was really interesting to be able to read and to finally understand just what an amazing job the pilots accomplished that day with their CRM skills and quick thinking in a high stress situation that had never been experienced before.
Other readers have commented on the layout of the book and how they would've preferred that Gonzales make three differing sections: one dealing with the crash itself, the second dealing with the survivor experiences and reflections and the third with the mechanics of the airplane. Although I can understand being able to read about each part of the overall story in three uninterrupted sections, I liked that the writer would interject all that was happening with the technical aspects of the airplane and then switching to survivor stories and then to the events of the crash for I found that by doing this at no point was I overwhelmed with the emotions of the event and what the survivors experienced both during the flight and after the crash. ...more
General Tony Zinni's book was a very easy book to read and understand for anyone despite whether or not they themselves have any type of military background themselves. General Zinni introduces and explains topics and situations in a way that make them engrossing and understandable to the average reader. Despite the ease of understanding what the General is writing about, the book is difficult to get through at times as some of the material does become quite dry and technical. Regardless of the technical aspect of the book, I found this book to be both insightful and timely in it's source material. This is a book that I feel all of our political leaders, especially those who are in charge of decisions in regards to whether or not to send our troops into yet another international conflict should read.
I would also recommend this book to any who are interested in knowing how we have come to find ourselves in different conflicts and why some such as the World Wars were successful while others such as Vietnam and the War in Iraq are considered to be unsuccessful.
I would first like to thank the publisher for providing with a free copy of Corey Feldman's autobiography. As is typical for most people born in the 8I would first like to thank the publisher for providing with a free copy of Corey Feldman's autobiography. As is typical for most people born in the 80s, I was very familiar with Corey Feldman's acting career, having watched many of his movies such as "The Goonies", "Stand By Me", "The Lost Boys" and "License to Drive" many times over the years. What I didn't know that I came to learn from his book were the things regarding his life outside of the spotlight: like his abusive family background living with a mother who would chase him around the house threatening to kill him among other horrible acts she did to him as a child, how exactly he and Corey Haim into each other's lives and their subsequent drug use with one another, as well as the fact that he had been molested as a teen by those in the movie business. It was also interesting to read about just how bad Corey's drug habit got to be and his attempts to get clean and what it finally took as well as his attempts to help his "Stand By Me" co-star River Phoenix combat his ever worsening drug problem.
I found Coreyography to be an engrossing read that kept my attention throughout the entire book, something which doesn't always hold true for me when it comes to reading biography/autobiography/memoirs as many times the telling of the life of someone famous can be dry and long winded, this book luckily was not. I would recommend this book to anyone who was/is a fan of Corey Feldman and wants to learn more about what he went through as a child actor growing up in Hollywood and being a heartthrob with his equally self-destructive and bad influence counterpart, Corey Haim.