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Alice Echols

Scars of Sweet Paradise

Alice Echols Scars Of Sweet Paradise The Life And Times Of Janis Joplin
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Janis Joplin was the skyrocket chick of the sixties, the woman who broke into the boys' club of rock and out of the stifling good-girl femininity of postwar America. With her incredible wall-of-sound vocals, Joplin was the voice of a generation, and when she OD'd on heroin in October 1970, a generation's dreams crashed and burned with her. Alice Echols pushes past the legary Joplin-the red-hot mama of her own invention-as well as the familiar portrait of the screwed-up star victimized by the era she symbolized, to examine the roots of Joplin's muscianship and explore a generation's experiment with high-risk living and the terrible price it exacted.

A deeply affecting biography of one of America's most brilliant and tormented stars, Scars of Sweet Paradise is also a vivid and incisive cultural history of an era that changed the world for us all.

""A richly detailed portrait. Echols stares unflinchingly at the fault lines of the '60s counter-culture."" --Susie Linfield, Los Angeles Times

""This Life's a real Pearl."" --Bob Gulla, People

""A serious biography-it does the important stuff well."" --Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

""In Echol's creation Joplin emerges as a true original, compelling, confounding, and rife with contradictions."" --Lisa Shea, Elle

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