Janis Joplin has passed into legend as a brash, impassioned soul doomed by the pain that produced one of the most extraordinary voices in rock history. But in these pages, Holly George-Warren provides a revelatory and deeply satisfying portrait of a woman who wasn’t all about suffering. Written by one of the most highly regarded chroniclers of American music history, and based on unprecedented access to Janis Joplin’s family, friends, band mates, archives, and long-lost interviews, Janis is a complex, rewarding portrait of a remarkable artist finally getting her due.
Holly George-Warren is a two-time Grammy nominee and the author of more than sixteen books, including three biographies: Janis: Her Life and Music; A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton; and Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry. She has written for numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, MOJO, and The Bitter Southerner, among others. She has produced several music-related documentary films, and she teaches at the State University of New York, in New Paltz. George-Warren also serves on the nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and son.