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Love, Janis

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,483 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
A revealing and intimate biography about Janis Joplin, the Queen of Classic Rock, written by her younger sister.

Janis Joplin blazed across the sixties music scene, electrifying audiences with her staggering voice and the way she seemed to pour her very soul into her music. By the time her life and artistry were cut tragically short by a heroin overdose, Joplin had become t
Paperback, 394 pages
Published August 16th 2005 by It Books (first published August 18th 1992)
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In honor of the 46th anniversary of Janis Joplin's death.

The queen of classic rock. She was known for her bluesy, powerful voice. She had a dream, and against all odds, she achieved it. But as is often the case, fame and success couldn't heal her. Sadly, Janis joined the '27 Club', along with Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Brian Jones. (They all died at the age of 27 between 1969 and 1971. They were later joined by Kurt Cobain).

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I really wanted to love this, but it just bored me to tears.
Ashley Daviau
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge Janis Joplin fan so it was a real treat to get such an insider's perspective on her life and career! And the personal letters written by Janis herself were just the cherry on the sundae!

Janis' music has always spellbound me and this book absolutely did the same. I was completely enraptured from start to finish and just couldn't put this book down! She was such a stunning and vibrant woman and that really came through in this book.

I also really enjoyed the photos that were added in, t
Jun 30, 2008 rated it liked it
I gave this three stars mostly because Janis Joplin is an interesting person, and this book, since it was written by her sister, has previously unpublished letters sent by Janis. If I had to rate it specifically on the writing, it would get zero stars. Poor Laura Joplin. Her characterizations always go like this:

So and So was with and .

I have two sisters. When are they going to do something awesome so I can get my crappy book published?

Anyway, despite the cliched, crappy writing, it's still wort
May 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I don't believe in reincarnation, but if I did...I'd be Janis Joplin. Many say this, but I always thought I truly was. I've got this book from the library and never got around to it, so I finally settled on buying the book many years ago. This summer I was determined to finish it to get it off the stack next to my nightstand that comes up to my waist. It deserved more than getting picked up, the book underneath removed, and getting placed back on top for "next time, maybe." And now that I've fin ...more
Christy B
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
I don't really write reviews anymore, but I definitely need to say something here.

First, about the book. I thought that maybe being written by her sister, that this might be a biography with a lot of facts and incidents glossed over to maybe not tarnish Janis' reputation. However, that wasn't the case. It was made clear in the very last chapter that Laura wanted people to know the real person that Janis was, not just the legend. In Love, Janis we saw all of Janis: scars, flaws and all. I appreci
May 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bios, rock-books
Wow. There's alot I'd like to say, about this book and about Janis, but it's all jumbled and I don't know where to start. I came into this book knowing absolutely nothing about Miss Joplin, only that she is one of the "Forever 27" legends.

I loved the book, first of all. It was made all the more intimate and believable because it was written by Janis' sister, Laura. I think it's a beautiful and truthful way to remember Janis. She was a true artist; emotional and searching, always questioning, cl
Cody Wilshire
Nov 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any one interested in Janis Joplin
I absolutely love this book, I'm a massive Janis Joplin fan, have been ever since I was really small, and this book is in my top favorites of all time. I've read it multiple times, easily, about a bakers dozen or so in the least.
Jul 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Janis Joplin. This book is the story of her life using the letters that she wrote home to her family. I absolutely loved it!
Carla JFCL
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Maybe it's because of my age (old enough to remember Janis Joplin) or the fact that I lived in San Francisco for about five years in the mid- to late-1960s, but I found this book totally absorbing. Written by Janis's younger sister, I found it to be a refreshingly honest portrayal of her talented-but-troubled sibling.

There are, of course, other books out there about Janis and I've read some of them. I found this one much more interesting, for three reasons: the fact that it was written by her si
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
What can you say about Janis Joplin? Apparently, if you are her sister, a lot. This book is honest and loving, not denying facts about Janis' problems in life, but also handling her story with the tenderness only a family member could muster. There is a lot that has been said about Janis through the years, a lot of rumors perpetuated, but this story seems to be the authentic telling of her short days, with plenty of tidbits I, a huge fan, had never been aware of before reading the book. A must r ...more
Jun 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
What an incredible read. And what an incredible woman. Why have I only now discovered her?

Like many before me, I feel inspired and really connected to Janis' story. She didn't conform to society's rules, didn't connect easily with most people, and, as a result, became an outcast at her school, her town, her state. She finally did find a group of friends that were accepting - those who opposed the rules that dictated black and whites must live apart, and that it was important that one should only
Nov 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book was obviously an extreme labor of love for the now-deceased singer's little sister. But she refrained from sugar coating the past with a lot of excuses and justifcations for the mistakes Janis made. One one hand, I found myself thinking how much more the diva had accomplished by the time she was the age I currently am, how much more excitement and opportunity she had in her short life and career... but at the other end of the spectrum, she let the fame get to her head and the drugs cut ...more
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing, not because her sister wrote it, but the fact it is filled with real life memories and we become friends with the real Janis Joplin, the sensitive woman able to make you feel so many things by listening to her voice. How she cared about how dear relatives, how fame and growing up changed her...the whole path, the journey who made her become the star who was often lost in that new world. The fascinating world that made dreams possible and yet the same one that would destroy ...more
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
(4.0) Well done, Laura

This is a well-researched (understandable, as Janis' sister wrote it and thus had access to lots of family resources) chronological biography of Janis Joplin. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, in particular the letters Janis had sent her parents. It shows another side to her, one might hope the true Janis.

I also noted the odd introduction of each male character in the book: Laura describes their height, body type, hair color etc. Pretty sure that she did this for almost ever
Hannah Ball
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutly beautiful!! Janis' story was so exciting. At times, Laura's style of writing was confussing, like chapter two, when she talked about the anccestors, she could of been a little more clear. And at times, she would talk about janis, then talk about something completly different. Her style of writing is less like an adult, and more like a high school student,(and I would know!) But, as I was reading, I felt a connection with Janis as I read her letters and heard the stories. ...more
Jul 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Laura Joplin is an academic, according to her book jacket summary, and she reads like one - often taking you out of the story to make uninteresting connections to popular historical events.

That said, the real gem of the book are Janis' letters, which show a very different woman from the brassy stage persona. I loved reading about the other things in her life - her sewing and her dogs, her art and her interest in fashion. Definitely a star that burned too bright and too briefly.
Kellie Bush
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed hearing about Janis's early life, several chapters in, the background information was still dragging along.

The book was strangely written, incongruous facts seemed to be thrown in simply because they had been found and needed a space.

I love Janis's music and her message and was so sad to understand shortly before her death she has cleaned up and gotten on the right path before spiraling back down.
Oct 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I wish they had a shelf for books not finished that way it wouldn't count for a read book. This book reads like a text book and though I'm interested in subject matter, I can't get past the writing. Quite frankly, I'm not interested in the family history dating back to George Washington and Great-great grandparents.
Irais Duran
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book from start to finish in three days. I would literally wake up, and read until my eyes started to hurt. Because I am a huge fan of Janis Joplin, I clearly enjoyed this book. And because her younger sister wrote this about Janis, well, that's just another plus. This book was beyond amazing and very intimate. I loved, loved it.
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
A really great biography. Janis' letters home really add to the book and allow a first hand look at the artist.
Tammy Travis-Taylor
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting read - story told from the perspective of a family member. Only added to my love of Janis.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Claire Hollowell
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Janis Lyn Joplin, was one of the worlds most iconic musicians of all time. She was born on January, 19th 1943 in Port Aurthur, Texas. Janis grew up in a normal family with her father Seth, mother Dorothy, and two small siblings Laura and Michael. Laura Joplin was the author of this book. When reading it, I see deeper into the life of Janis then the media’s view of her rock star image. Laura explains that Janis was a rebel, which can be perceived just by looking at her wild style. From birth, Jo ...more
Richard Clark
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Not a book I'd ever recommend for everyone - you had to have been alive during the 1960s and have a fascination with the SF music scene and the Summer of Love to read this. If you fall into that category this book was lovely and touching.

The contrast between Janis Joplin's tiny home town of Port Arthur, TX and San Francisco was stark - and her early death prevented her from coming full circle on the subject and appreciating Port Arthur. That job was left somewhat to her surviving family members
Jennie Garcia
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
"I think she began to realize that she had strayed. Far from challenging the world and changing it, she had become one of it's pawns. The revolution set to usher in a world of love had imploded. It was then bottled, packaged, and co-opted by the establishment. Janis thought her role as a rocker was really to guide her audience into feeling their innermost emotions. Stripped of her righteousness, she sometimes felt like a prostitute, selling her heart, rather than her body, to people who couldn't ...more
Jun 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Since the book was written by her younger sister, the reader gets to learn about Janis' life through the eyes of someone who genuinely loved her and could provide a balanced interpretation of her life. (Rather than a superfan who might glorify every aspect of her existence.) Laura shows that although drugs and alcohol entered her life in the 60s and ultimately ended it, that dimension shouldn't overshadow her talent, ambition, and thirst for life. In fact, despite her run in with heroin and alco ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fast, thorough read of Janis' life with good commentary on the 60's, written in the early 1990's. I especially liked the detailing of what Janis was like growing up in Port Arthur, Texas.

Written from the perspective of Janis' younger sister, Laura, we get a soulful rather than an academic/journalistic or disoography account of Janis' life, loves, passions and outlook.

I especially like how Laura details a more intellectual Janis many probably didn't know: a beatnik, book reading artist growing up
Michelle Mason
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Having always been a huge fan, it was fascinating to read the biography by Janis' sister published some 22 years after her death. Her words evoked a better understanding of Janis' early life and how it impacted her artistry and career path. Many friends and musical cohorts were included in gathering information for the book and Laura Joplin manages to present her beloved sister as a passionate, warm, exceptionally creative human being with her many flaws intact. No airbrushing here as hurt feeli ...more
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well written book by Laura Joplin. The letters that Janis wrote back home to her family, were a wonderful inside picture of her life and what she was feeling. She was raised by a wonderful family who gave her life stability when she chose to connect with them. I was never part of the "hippie" movement...I think my only connection were my trips to few coffee houses in the area I grew up in. Drugs and alcohol destroyed the life of this intelligent and gifted woman. After seeing the play "One Night ...more
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