Love, Janis

Love, Janis

Book - 1992
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Now in paperback, a candid look at rock legend Janis Joplin by her younger sister. Includes previously unpublished letters and a new Afterword by the author. 94 photos & illustrations.
Publisher: New York : Villard Books, 1992.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780679416050
Branch Call Number: 782/.42/166/092/Jopli/-J 43mb 01
Characteristics: vii, 342 p. : ill.


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Mar 31, 2018

Love, Janis is a farce. Sorry. I have been a fan of Janis Joplin since I was 9. As an adult, I have read most books and articles about her ever published. Laura Joplin actually plagiarized much of her book from Myra Friedman's Buried Alive, while she worked hard to make her family and her mother look like an idyllic home. Janis was not accepted or loved well there, her father (most likely an alcoholic) not withstanding. He understood and loved her, I believe, but his illness and a caustic relationship with their mother left him at times distant. Psychology clearly shows the wounds and stunted maturity Janis carried with her, were not due to high school bullying. They were received in her family of origin. Her mother was a cold, calculating, jealous woman....likely a narcissist. She actually was a rebellious woman in her youth with singing talent, but it did not lead to fame for her. Dorothy "lost" her singing voice after surgery when Janis was very young, leading the family to get rid of a piano Janis loved to play and sing at, because it "hurt Dorothy". Stories of Dorothy alone are enough for me, Laura appears to be the favorite daughter, doing everything she can to repair the family image and mold Janis posthumously into a more "palatable" form. Janis had many failings, but had strength, beauty, and her pain was that of a child who never felt loved or worthy. Bullies smell that, but don't cause it. Please read Myra's biography instead, and wait for the day this family isn't greedily blocking anyone else from covering Janis Joplin honestly. It's a damn shame to her memory.

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