Scars of Sweet Paradise : The Life and Times of Janis Joplin, Paperback

Scars of Sweet Paradise : The Life and Times of Janis Joplin Paperback


The undisputed queen of sex, drugs and rock n' roll was also the voice of a generation who, when she overdosed on heroin at the age of twenty-seven in October 1970; became the posthumous icon of bad girl femininity for millions around the world.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews Echols renders Joplin in all her complexity, revealing how this sweet-voiced girl from Texas recreated herself, first as a gravely-voiced bluesy folksinger, and then as rock n' roll's first female superstar.

Echols examines the roots of her musicianship and her efforts to probe the outer limits of life; declaring herself the first white-black person and pursuing sex with men and women alike. Moving from the electric ballrooms of San Francisco to the mud-soaked fields of Woodstock, Joplin's story is also a chronicle of the revolutions of the sixties - a generation's experiment with high-risk living and the exacting price they ultimately paid for this.

Written in a captivating novel-like style this is a deeply affecting biography of one of America's most talented, tormented and enduring stars.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages, Section: 24, b&w
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Rock & Pop music
  • ISBN: 9781860497292



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