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Piece Of My Heart
by David Dalton
In 1972, Stonehill Books published David Dalton's Janis, a multimedia extravaganza that incorporated interviews, quotes, photographs, lyrics, Rolling Stone Clippings, sheet music, a record of rapping and singing, and prose as wild and moving as Janis's performances. Piece of My Heart is a reconstruction and revision of that early work - one of the first "rock 'n' roll" boo ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published August 22nd 1991 by Da Capo Press
(first published April 1st 1986)
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Spare -- but unsparing -- look at the life and death of Janis Joplin. Sad tale of a woman so out of it due to all the mind-altering substances in her system that if she had lived longer, her career might have sputtered out completely. As it is, the fact that they killed her helped make her a legend along with Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. Is this any way to run a railroad? Especially when you have her talent and her love of living?
I have long wanted to read a bio of Janis Joplin. Stumbled across the 3rd edition of this book at a used book sale last year and it finally worked its way to the top of my bedside TBR pile. The author, who wrote for Rolling Stone, unabashedly extols Janis's talent, intelligence, and authenticity. As its title says, it really is more of a portrait than a full-blown biography. It's almost kaleidoscopic in feel, dizzying, and very apt for a description of Janis's life.