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'I'll tell you something, man, nobody in this place knows who the fuck I am – or cares. 80-year old bartender doesn't give a shit. Has to serve me cause of the civil rights law, is all. I don't care. I was in a bar last week – tried to throw me out because the cat I was with didn't have a jacket. What it comes down to is they didn't want us there. Sat down, had a drink, pu 'I'll tell you something, man, nobody in this place knows who the fuck I am – or cares. 80-year old bartender doesn't give a shit. Has to serve me cause of the civil rights law, is all. I don't care. I was in a bar last week – tried to throw me out because the cat I was with didn't have a jacket. What it comes down to is they didn't want us there. Sat down, had a drink, put down a hundred dollar bill and split. I love being able to do that. Didn't used to be able to, not so long ago ...' Janis Joplin, Bar Rap #4 Here is the best possible portrait of the teenager from Port Arthur, Texas, who took the blues farther than anyone before or since, offering revealing glimpses of her life on the road - backstage with Jerry Lee Lewis, kidnapped in Kansas, partying with the Grateful Dead, the Band, Bonny and Delaney, and with her own band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. Piece of My Heart goes beyond Joplin's own story to provide us with a portrait of the Kosmic Blues themselves - the self-destruction that lies at the heart of the rock 'n' roll myth. A contributing editor for Rolling Stone during its first years of publication, David Dalton is the author of many books on cultural icons including James Dean: The Mutant King, The Rolling Stones: the First Twenty Years, James Dean: American Icon, Mr Mojo Risin': Jim Morrison, The Last Holy Fool and Faithfull (with Marianne Faithfull). 'A remarkable book ... intimate, revealing, and shocking ... I can think of no book about music that says more than is contained here ... an absolutely devastating portrait of a major culture hero.' Ralph Gleason, San Francisco Chronicle


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'I'll tell you something, man, nobody in this place knows who the fuck I am – or cares. 80-year old bartender doesn't give a shit. Has to serve me cause of the civil rights law, is all. I don't care. I was in a bar last week – tried to throw me out because the cat I was with didn't have a jacket. What it comes down to is they didn't want us there. Sat down, had a drink, pu 'I'll tell you something, man, nobody in this place knows who the fuck I am – or cares. 80-year old bartender doesn't give a shit. Has to serve me cause of the civil rights law, is all. I don't care. I was in a bar last week – tried to throw me out because the cat I was with didn't have a jacket. What it comes down to is they didn't want us there. Sat down, had a drink, put down a hundred dollar bill and split. I love being able to do that. Didn't used to be able to, not so long ago ...' Janis Joplin, Bar Rap #4 Here is the best possible portrait of the teenager from Port Arthur, Texas, who took the blues farther than anyone before or since, offering revealing glimpses of her life on the road - backstage with Jerry Lee Lewis, kidnapped in Kansas, partying with the Grateful Dead, the Band, Bonny and Delaney, and with her own band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. Piece of My Heart goes beyond Joplin's own story to provide us with a portrait of the Kosmic Blues themselves - the self-destruction that lies at the heart of the rock 'n' roll myth. A contributing editor for Rolling Stone during its first years of publication, David Dalton is the author of many books on cultural icons including James Dean: The Mutant King, The Rolling Stones: the First Twenty Years, James Dean: American Icon, Mr Mojo Risin': Jim Morrison, The Last Holy Fool and Faithfull (with Marianne Faithfull). 'A remarkable book ... intimate, revealing, and shocking ... I can think of no book about music that says more than is contained here ... an absolutely devastating portrait of a major culture hero.' Ralph Gleason, San Francisco Chronicle

30 review for Piece of My Heart: On the Road With Janis Joplin

  1. 4 out of 5

    L.V. Sage

    As a big fan of Janis Joplin, what I liked about this book was that it wasn't a typical biography. It didn't "start at the beginning and go to the end". Through conversations with Janis and observations of the author, it paints a portrait of a hugely talented young woman who is desperately trying to find out just where she fits in and how she is going to go about accomplishing what she wants. With sex and drugs constantly clouding her ambition and judgement, Janis alternately comes across as hig As a big fan of Janis Joplin, what I liked about this book was that it wasn't a typical biography. It didn't "start at the beginning and go to the end". Through conversations with Janis and observations of the author, it paints a portrait of a hugely talented young woman who is desperately trying to find out just where she fits in and how she is going to go about accomplishing what she wants. With sex and drugs constantly clouding her ambition and judgement, Janis alternately comes across as highly intelligent, pushy, stubborn, sexually uninhibited, flashy, confrontational, sweet, lost and needy. Unfortunately, Dalton's writing style is a bit much, tossing about literary references and odd phrases and words that sometimes cloud what he is trying to get across. hence, the best parts of the book were often the actual word for word conversations that he had or observed with Janis, himself and/or others. This is a good book for Janis fans, but I wouldn't recommend it to those who were new to her and looking to learn about her life.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fishface

    Spare -- but unsparing -- look at the life and death of Janis Joplin. Sad tale of a woman so out of it due to all the mind-altering substances in her system that if she had lived longer, her career might have sputtered out completely. As it is, the fact that they killed her helped make her a legend along with Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. Is this any way to run a railroad? Especially when you have her talent and her love of living?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I have long wanted to read a bio of Janis Joplin. Stumbled across the 3rd edition of this book at a used book sale last year and it finally worked its way to the top of my bedside TBR pile. The author, who wrote for Rolling Stone, unabashedly extols Janis's talent, intelligence, and authenticity. As its title says, it really is more of a portrait than a full-blown biography. It's almost kaleidoscopic in feel, dizzying, and very apt for a description of Janis's life. I have long wanted to read a bio of Janis Joplin. Stumbled across the 3rd edition of this book at a used book sale last year and it finally worked its way to the top of my bedside TBR pile. The author, who wrote for Rolling Stone, unabashedly extols Janis's talent, intelligence, and authenticity. As its title says, it really is more of a portrait than a full-blown biography. It's almost kaleidoscopic in feel, dizzying, and very apt for a description of Janis's life.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie_ian_curtis

    interviews were great, more of that less of the standard story would have made it better. dec 2014, april 2016

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I actually read this because I was giving a report for History Class on her for college. It was an excellent book. Very in depth. Great pictures too.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Marie

    A treasure. Happy to own it. If you love Janis it's worth getting. Great photos. A treasure. Happy to own it. If you love Janis it's worth getting. Great photos.

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