Janis Joplin, Rise Up Singing was named one of the big books of the show at Book Expo 2010 in New York. The book will find its way to store shelves on October 1, 2010. It’s hard to believe that it’s been so many years since I first heard Janis on the radio and then watched her climb to fame.
While I was a young teen, I used to sit in my bedroom and write poetry (pretty bad poetry, but you have to start somewhere) and crank my stereo so loud I managed to shut out the rest of the world.
I couldn’t get over Janis’s voice. But her personality and stardom had an impact. She demonstrated independence and unique style. I copied both. In choosing to write about Janis, I wanted people to see that we don’t always have to run in a group, we can make individual choices and we can celebrate our unique talents and ideas.
I hope the attention that Janis is getting reflects all of this. But stay tuned……..