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    Wow what a story what a life. You wonder how someone could go off the rails with her home life and upbringing to such success. The rough talent she had, the struggles in her life, and the courage she had to just go on is amazing. The book is so well written, thank you.

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  • An excellent read

    I received a free electronic copy of this biography from Netgalley, Holly George-Warren, and Simon Schuster. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read Janis: Her Life and Music of my own volition and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. This is a book every woman should read. Janis was - and still is - an important factor in my lifetime. She was a wonderful musician, and she brought happiness or tears to your eyes with her songs. She was for me an example of taking the whole woman's lib thing at least one step too far - but oh, Lord, take a step or two down that road or no one else will acknowledge your independence and self-will. This book was a long, hard read. Watching the self-destruction at close range was if anything even more difficult than it was back in the day. But reading this made her legacy even more memorable, more important than before. So much of it was not shared with her public, or if it was we considered it to be sour grapes or jealousy. Through the eyes of Holly George-Warren, we not only see Janis falling into space - we also see her climbing the highest hill. She was a remarkable woman with an extraordinary talent. May her music live on into the lifetimes of our children and theirs, as well as the important lessons in prudence and self-esteem that Janis never found.

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  • Great musician gone too soon

    I was not a fan of Janis Joplin's music when she was popular but I watched a biography about her on TV and became interested in her. This was an excellent book about Janis from the time she was born until her tragic death at the age of 27. in 1970. It was well researched and well written and I had a hard time putting it down. I was surprised to find out what a talented artist she was as well as being a very talented musician. Even if you are not a fan of her type of music, I highly recommend this very interesting book. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this fantastic book in exchange for an honest review.

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