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Holly George-Warren, "Janis: Her Life and Music"

“I’ve been waiting for the right person to write the definitive biography of Janis Joplin! All fans should be grateful it’s finally here. Janis lives and breathes freedom and soul, and Holly George-Warren captures that spirit perfectly.”
— Rosanne Cash, four-time Grammy Award winner


“By far and away the most comprehensive and best-researched Joplin biography. It’s an extraordinary life, set to a legendary rock death arc, but the triumph of Janis is that George-Warren understands that the evolution of Joplin’s artistry is what matters most. Janis blossoms as she finds her voice onstage, and her act becomes something of great beauty. So too does George-Warren’s book.”
— Charles R. Cross, New York Times bestselling author of Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix 


“Empathetic and thrilling. Like an investigative reporter, George-Warren has tracked down every detail of Janis’s young life and influences, and with loving care she has given us rare insight into this genius musician.”
 Kate Pierson, The B-52s


“Illuminating… A top-notch biography of one of the greatest performers to emerge from a brilliant era.”
— Kirkus (starred review)


“This superb biography captures singer Janis Joplin’s complex essence... Anyone who enjoys a good biography will appreciate this exceptional work.”
— Library Journal (starred review)


“Joplin fans rejoice! Holly George-Warren’s biography is a triumph of passionate scholarship, thus making me love Janis—with all her baffling and brilliant complexity—even more.”
— David Ritz, author of Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin


“Joplin was called America’s first female rock star, and George-Warren has written a biography as big, bold, and brash as its subject.”
— Booklist (starred review)


“George-Warren beautifully tells a moving story of a woman whose life and music inspired a generation.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)


“A rich, interesting portrayal of Janis. George-Warren has an engaging writing style, and I was impressed by the breadth of her new interviews and information.”
— Laura Joplin, sister of Janis Joplin


“Janis Joplin ripped through rock: an awesome and devastating tornado. With this heartbreaking and lovely book, Holly George-Warren re-calibrates our minds and ears to the heft and wonder of an American icon.”
— Fred Goodman, author of Why Lhasa de Sela Matters


Event Date: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 4:00pm
Kleinert James Center For The Performing Arts
34 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498
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ISBN: 9781476793108
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 22nd, 2019