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Janis Joplin

Singer (19-Jan-1943 — 4-Oct-1970)


Ellis Amburn. Pearl: The Obsessions and Passions of Janis Joplin. Grand Central Publishing. 1993. 372pp.

David Dalton. Piece of My Heart: A Portrait of Janis Joplin. Da Capo Press. 1991. 284pp.

Alice Echols. Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin. Henry Holt and Company. 1999. 408pp.

Myra Friedman. Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin. New York: Morrow. 1973.

Laura Joplin. Love, Janis. Villard Books. 1992. 342pp. By Janis Joplin's younger sister.

Deborah Landau. Janis Joplin: Her Life and Times. Paperback Library. 1971. 160pp.


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  6. Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (p.338)

  7. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.354)

  8. Current Biography, 1970 Yearbook (pp.209-11)

  9. Encylopedia of Pop, Rock, and Soul (pp.350-51)

  10. Portable Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (p.134)

  11. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th Edition (p.476)

  12. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.383)

  13. International Dictionary of Women's Biography (p.249)

  14. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.265)

  15. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.2, p.565)

  16. Northeastern Dictionary of Women's Biography (p.286)

  17. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.325)

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