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Highly Recommended. By Nicolas Finet. Art by Christopher. A biography in comics of the amazing rock singer Janis Joplin, from her childhood in Texas, to her move to the city of love, San Francisco, and addiction, success and her abrupt death in late 1970. One of the most fabulous musical adventures in America, yet it lasted only five years. How did a very young, messed up woman, a drug addict filled with doubt, become in a few years, a planetary icon of rock music? She went from the shadows to the blinding light of fame in only four records (the last one issued a month and a half after her tragic death). NBM, 2021.

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A biography in comics of the amazing rock singer Janis Joplin, from her childhood in Texas, to her move to the city of love, San Francisco, and addiction, success and her abrupt death in late 1970. One of the most fabulous musical adventures in America, yet it lasted only five years. How did a very young, messed up woman, a drug addict filled with doubt, become in a few years, a planetary icon of rock music? She went from the shadows to the blinding light of fame in only four records (the last one issued a month and a half after her tragic death).

Inspired by the counterculture and flower power generation, Janis, the ugly duckling, gave free rein to her impulses. Fed by the thirst for freedom and the desire for emancipation expressed by American youth in the early 1960s, Janis Joplin left for San Francisco, the epicenter of cultural innovation. She would experience a freedom which she would hardly have dared to dream, abandoning herself to all impulses, overcoming without hesitation all the taboos of the time: bisexuality, alcohol, drugs, doing so not only with delight, but with the taste for excess which came naturally from her spontaneous character. A lively, fascinating story of a woman ahead of her time.

Special and touching introduction by Gilbert Shelton (The Freak Brothers), who met Janis when they both were going to college in Texas.

A special bonus, and fascinating in itself, is a 7-page Character Gallery, which offers brief bios of all the players in her story. It begins with blues icons Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Billie Holiday, all early inspirations to get Janis singing. And it goes on to cover all the players: her good friend Chet Holmes, Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), David Crosby, Bill Graham, Otis Redding, Albert Grossman, Country Joe McDonald, Eric Clapton, Jim Morrison, R. Crumb, Dick Cavett, Kris Kristofferson (who gave Janis his composition, Me and Bobby McGee), and dozens more.

First published in France in 2020, just now translated to English.

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