Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing

Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing

by Ann Angel

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Overview

Forty years after her death, Janis Joplin remains among the most compelling and influential figures in rock-and-roll history. Her story—told here with depth and sensitivity by author Ann Angel—is one of a girl who struggled against rules and limitations, yet worked diligently to improve as a singer. It’s the story of an outrageous rebel who wanted to be loved, and of a wild woman who wrote long, loving letters to her mom. And finally, it’s the story of one of the most iconic female musicians in American history, who died at twenty-seven.


Janis Joplin includes more than sixty photographs, and an assortment of anecdotes from Janis’s friends and band mates. This thoroughly researched and well-illustrated biography is a must-have for all young artists, music lovers, and pop-culture enthusiasts.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810983496
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ann Angel is the author of six biographies and works of criticism. She graduated from Vermont College’s MFA program in writing for children, and she works as an author and educator, focusing on young adults. She was the editor for Abrams’s Such a Pretty Face. She lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Visit her online at www.annangelwriter.com.

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Janis Joplin: Rise up Singing 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Jennanana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Biography of Janis Joplin focusing on her drug use and her life mainly before hitting it big as a rock star. Portrays her in a way in which we don't usually see, and provides a lot of information about who she was growing up. Doesn't really focus too much on her as a star, but rather who she was as a person. Lots of great photos and artwork to look at.
WarriorLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quick read on an interesting subject.
SunnyReader71 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great looking and well researched book that clearly came from a place of love.While it doesn't gloss over the sadness of her life the book is clearly meant to be as happy and pretty as Janis is on the cover.
lawral on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This well-researched biography of Janis Joplin starts at her high school in Port Arther, Texas and follows her life and career to their untimely end a little over 10 years later. It's full of (awesome) pictures, is not bogged down by the recitation of dates, has a great bibliography for further reading, a chronology, and a brief index. It is a biography that you can give, with confidence, to teens looking for more information on a great artist or someone interesting to write about for an assignment.But Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing is more than the average biography. Angel brings Joplin to life. She manages to balance personal Janis and rockstar Janis on the page, something real life Janis always struggled with. The result is a history of the era and environment that produced Joplin the icon, as well as the story of how normal kids, like Joplin, dealt with all the changes the 60s brought about. Anecdotes from Joplin's friends and band mates appear throughout the text as do professional pictures of Joplin and her bands. The most quoted person in the book is Laura, Joplin's little sister. Sex, drugs and rock n'roll are definitely present in the book, and the over the top drug use is discussed, but Angel shows that Joplin's drug use was never her biggest problem. It was Joplin's need for love and attention that drove her to perform, and it was her fans' love of her drugged-up persona that drove her to use.But it was Joplin's voice that made her a success, and somehow that comes through on the page. Maybe it was just that I had "Piece of My Heart" and "Me and Bobby McGee" stuck in my head for most of the time I spent reading this book (until "Mercedes Benz" was mentioned of course), but I thought Angel conveyed the grit and soul of Joplin's voice amazingly. Readers will be clamouring to find copies of Joplin's music with her various bands after reading this, if that music wasn't what prompted them to pick up this biography in the first place. If it was, they'll be singing along.Book source: ARC picked up at ALA
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A biography of Janis Joplin, telling the tale of her rise to stardom and her drive to create. The narrative tells a story of the Janis' stage persona and her desire for acceptance and approval. The book also situates Janis' career within the context of the larger music scene of the 1960s. The design of the book is striking, colorful and psychedelic with photographs peppered throughout the text.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Janis Joplin was truly an iconic rocker who left a great legacy. Her story is one of flawed heroes and cautionary tales.
Lawral More than 1 year ago
This well-researched biography of Janis Joplin starts at her high school in Port Arther, Texas and follows her life and career to their untimely end a little over 10 years later. It's full of (awesome) pictures, is not bogged down by the recitation of dates, has a great bibliography for further reading, a chronology, and a brief index. It is a biography that you can give, with confidence, to teens looking for more information on a great artist or someone interesting to write about for an assignment. But Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing is more than the average biography. Angel brings Joplin to life. She manages to balance personal Janis and rockstar Janis on the page, something real life Janis always struggled with. The result is a history of the era and environment that produced Joplin the icon, as well as the story of how normal kids, like Joplin, dealt with all the changes the 60s brought about. Anecdotes from Joplin's friends and band mates appear throughout the text as do professional pictures of Joplin and her bands. The most quoted person in the book is Laura, Joplin's little sister. Sex, drugs and rock n'roll are definitely present in the book, and the over the top drug use is discussed, but Angel shows that Joplin's drug use was never her biggest problem. It was Joplin's need for love and attention that drove her to perform, and it was her fans' love of her drugged-up persona that drove her to use. But it was Joplin's voice that made her a success, and somehow that comes through on the page. Maybe it was just that I had "Piece of My Heart" and "Me and Bobby McGee" stuck in my head for most of the time I spent reading this book (until "Mercedes Benz" was mentioned of course), but I thought Angel conveyed the grit and soul of Joplin's voice amazingly. Readers will be clamouring to find copies of Joplin's music with her various bands after reading this, if that music wasn't what prompted them to pick up this biography in the first place. If it was, they'll be singing along. Book source: ARC picked up at ALA
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