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Janis: Her Life and Music by Holly George-Warren

Janis: Her Life and Music

Holly George-Warren

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Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 17 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781471140921

The first biography of Janis Joplin to establish her as the rule-breaking trailblazer and complicated, gender-bending rebel she was - based on unprecedented access to her family, friends, forgotten archives, and long-lost interviews.

3 stars out of 5
24 Oct 2019

"as a rounded portrait of an explosively exciting artist, George-Warren’s book is never less than engaging"

Janis is a serious-minded and professional work, commendably unsensational and even-handed, although it lacks the passionate engagement and deeper cultural context that Joplin’s status deserves... Janis joins a growing canon of Joplin biographies, mostly written by women, and most keen to salvage the singer’s reputation from the sexism that elevates outlaw male musicians to hero status while undervaluing their female counterparts. As a rounded portrait of an explosively exciting artist, George-Warren’s book is never less than engaging. But as a feminist reclaiming of pop history, it is frustratingly tame.

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