Scars of Sweet Paradise

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, Janis 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.

About the Author:

Alice Echols is a Specialist of the 1960s. Echols is Professor of English, Gender Studies and History at the University of Southern California.

She authored (with foreword by Ellen Willis), Daring to Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America 1967-1975.; Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin; Shaky Ground: The Sixties and Its Aftershocks; and most recently, Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture. She is currently at work on a book about a Depression-era banking scandal in Colorado.

She also wrote a chapter on The Women’s Liberation Movement in William McConnell’s book The Counterculture Movement of the 1960s.


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