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Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Alice Echols
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Februar 2000
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.


  • Taschenbuch: 408 Seiten
  • Verlag: Owl Books; Auflage: Owl Books. (Februar 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0805053948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805053944
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,8 x 13,7 x 2,3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 622.959 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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To call Janis Joplin the Judy Garland of the Woodstock set is in some sense a fair characterization. The brassy, carnal, extravagant, and ultimately pitiable queen of psychedelic rock is indeed a cultural icon. And while Joplin reveled in her own ballsy, boozy legend, its needy, inebriated, real-life equivalent was a shadow that darkened her short life and, in the decades since her 1970 drug-induced death, has come to eclipse the party-girl persona.

To her great credit, author Alice Echols reconciles the two faces of Joplin in this ambitious, thoroughly readable biography. She does so by tracing Joplin from her youth as a natural-born libertine in dreary Port Arthur, Texas, to her emergence as the sole female rock superstar of her era--a period when beneath-the-surface sexism hampered Joplin's progress even while women's liberation was being widely touted. The author does not shy away from sordid sex-and-drugs episodes, and there's plenty of raw material---the singer was promiscuous, bisexual, and, at various times, an alcoholic, a speed freak, and a junkie. Echols, however, elevates this biography above run-of-the-mill rock profiles by painting her subject against an elaborate and ever-changing cultural backdrop. Here is Joplin the aspiring folksinger, the white-picket-fence wannabe, the wayward daughter, the hit-and-miss recording artist, and, finally, the ill-starred spirit with nothing left to lose. --Steven Stolder -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"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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Take it from one who was there, this biography of Janis Joplin is at the same time beautiful, intriguing and somewhat disturbing. She was such a talented, brave and courageous person that never received her just rewards. Most, except closest friends overlooked the milestones she created by challenging a closed system; both the record industry as well as society as a whole. The strides she made for women in the recording industry are felt to this day. Having met Janis in the late 60s, I can attest to the fact she was a very funny, exciting person to be around. Unfortunately, like most people, she also had a side she kept well hidden. I only wish she could have lived long enough to see what an icon she has become. Great read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Overdose Janis 3. April 2006
„Oh Lord, won`t you buy me a Mercedes Benz, my friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends," Janis Joplin sang so outragedly, if it would be seriousness and not satire (knowing very well, that, occasionally, some wishes are not fulfilled). „Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends," - that does not matter anyway and applies to God (if there is one) not as an argument: Proof of it is clear to find. Janis Joplin has slaved away and lived, intensive as a lunatic -- this has not changed the mind of God to let her get 100 years old. Perhaps it was not God, however, who set forcefully a final stroke to this style of protesting impudently („Oh Lord, won`t you buy me a colour TV, ...I wait for delivery, each day until three"), it seems, that Janis arrived at the dead end, because she once took pure, separate heroin (her main dealer was just on holiday). „Oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town, I'm counting on you Lord, please don't let me down, prove that you love me, and buy the next round..." There was not any next round, after she had taken this song ("Mercedes Benz") in the studio - a capella - the instruments should get mixed the next day. But in the night of October 4th 1970 Janis Joplin died. Eric Burdon commented: "Janis did not die of an overdose heroin. She died of an overdose Janis"
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Scarred but spectacular! 26. Januar 2000
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With the expansion of opportunities for women today, it is difficult to comprehend how scripted young women's futures still were in the central US in the mid-60's. It was more of a struggle to break out of the mold then than teenagers today are aware of. That Joplin accomplished as much as she did is testimony to her raw determination to do something with the talent that she possessed; that she was unable to avoid the twin pitfalls of alcoholism and addiction only makes her seem more human. Despite its sometimes dry style, Scars of Sweet Paradise provides an important perspective and gives unique insights through interview sources unavailable to previous biographers. Consequently, I found Echols's book more compelling and insightful than either Buried Alive or Pearl.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Rereading the 60s 26. Januar 2000
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Janis Joplin is an exquisite focal point around which the life and times of the era she lived in are profoundly illuminated. It's been said that if you can remember the 60s, you probably weren't there. I can now vouch for accuracy of that statement. So much of what Ms. Echols writes about is material that would have completely disappeared, considering the mind bend of the participants. It's a hard book to take, especially if you, or one you love, is an offspring of this generation. I know this happened to me. The book should be read at least twice. It's really not about Janis Joplin; it's about a ridiculously impaired time of fun, laughter, sadness, and tears. It's also a time of many blanks, which Ms. Echols has caused to surface. I recommend this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A great read for any Janis Joplin fan. 23. Juni 1999
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This well-documented account of Janis's life delves deeper into her bisexuality, her insecurities, and her brassy persona than previous biographies. Ms. Echols has captured Janis without the usual condescension or idolization to which other biographers have resorted. Janis is shown as a person here --- not as "Janis Joplin, megastar." Included is a chapter of "Where Are They Now," which gives the reader an update on the lives of key players in Janis's life. Also included is a discography, as well as copious notes and sources. In all, this is the best biography of Janis and her times to come along in a while. It is well worth the read.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Nothing New Here 13. März 1999
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Alice Echols new biography of blues legend Janis Joplin is essentially a rehash of what we already know about this great artist. The details of the singers life are stated in a very academic fashion, with a slight edge of emphasis from the perspective of a feminist and lesbian view. The author appears to have little knowledge of Joplin's music, and a reader does not get a sense of what was important about Janis. I am baffled by reports I've read that this biography contains a new perspective on Joplin. This book covers no new ground that hasn't been covered previously in Myra Friedman's classic, Buried Alive.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Janis Agonistes 13. Juli 1999
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Because Ms. Echols does such a thorough and sensitive job of providing readers with understanding of both the personal and external worlds of which Janis Joplin was a part, I feel that Janis here becomes a classic Greek heroine, one whose tragic flaw is her unquenchable desire for genuine familial love and understanding. Her end is implicit in her beginning. Any sympathetic reader will read in tears as the inevitable occurs. Ironically, so many of us still love Janis. I hope, somehow, she knows. This is a great book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you've read this one and "Love, Janis" by Laura Joplin...
...which one is better? Why? Email me -
Veröffentlicht am 21. März 2000 von Juanelo
5.0 von 5 Sternen Truly excellent.
ALice Echols did a superlative job with this book. I learned about a side of Janis that I always thought she had, but never heard anyone else discuss-- the young girl in pain. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 1. August 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen A solid behavioral profile within the context of the times.
Echols provides rich and detailed insights into the motivations and behaviors of Janis Joplin. Her interviews with Joplin's friends, associates, and lovers, adds a complexity and... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 12. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A complete look at the life of Janis Joplin
This is a wonderful book. Echols maps out the strange and beautiful world of the 60's so that the reader can better understand the sad brilliance of Janis Joplin. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 27. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Sums up Janis and the times well
Echols provides an excellent retrospective of Janis and times in which she lived. The entire story in interwoven into a seemless picture of the 60's, San Francisco's music scene,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 13. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Loved it. Best overall story of her life and the times.
I loved it. Not only do you get a comprehensive and inciteful look at Janis Joplin's life, but great observations on the evolution of folk music to rock music in the 50s, 60s and... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 6. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Terrific book!
Alice Echols teases out the meanings of Joplin's short life -- the predicament of thebrilliant woman artist trapped in the same masochistic love-me leave-me I'm worthless mentality... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Mai 1999 von Katha Pollitt
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