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Books about Big Brother & The Holding Company / Janis Joplin

This page lists books about, or partly about, Big Brother & The Holding Company / Janis Joplin and the members of Big Brother & The Holding Company / Janis Joplin. The list is not intended to be comprehensive

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Books about Big Brother & The Holding Company / Janis Joplin

Janis, David Dalton, 1971

A portrait of Janis Joplin incorporating interviews, photos, quotes, lyrics, articles, sheet music linked by Daltons text.

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Janis Joplin: Her Life And Times, Deborah Landau, 1971

An early biography of Janis Joplin.

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The Golden Bowers, John Bowers, 1971

This collection of interviews includes one with Janis Joplin.

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Going Down With Janis, Peggy Caserta, Don Knapp, 1973

A biography of Janis Joplin.

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Buried Alive: The Biography Of Janis Joplin, Myra Friedman, 1973

A biography of Janis Joplin.

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Lenny, Janis & Jimi, Gary Carey, 1975

Subtitled "Their passionate lives, frenzied fame and tragic deaths."

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Piece Of My Heart: The Life, Times, And Legend Of Janis Joplin, David Dalton, 1985

A portrait of Janis Joplin incorporating interviews, photos, quotes, lyrics, articles, sheet music linked by Daltons text. This book is a revised and reconstructed version of Janis which was published in 1972.

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Janis: The Story of Janis Joplin, Doug Magee, 1985

A biography of Janis Joplin.

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Psychedelic Psounds, Alan Vorda, 1989

A collection of interviews with members of psychedelic and garage bands of the 1960's including Big Brother & The Holding Company.

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Love, Janis, Laura Joplin, 1992

A biography of Janis Joplin by her sister.

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Pearl: The Obsessions and Passions Of Janis Joplin, Ellis Amburn, 1992

A biography of Janis Joplin.

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45 Profiles in Modern Music, Linda R. Churchill and E. Richard Churchill, 1996

This book of brief profiles includes a section about Janis Joplin.

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Scars Of Sweet Paradise: The Life And Times Of Janis Joplin, Alice Echols, 1997

The "definitive" biography of Janis Joplin.

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Janis Joplin: A Performance Diary 1966-1970, John Byrne Cooke, David Dalton, 1997

A diary of Janis Joplin performances that includes many previously unpublished photographs and pictures of memorabilia.

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Janis Garden Party, Steve Banks, 1998

A book of black and white performance photos from a Janis Joplin concert at Madison Square Garden.

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Living in the Dead Zone: Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, Gerald Faris and Ralph Faris, 2000

A clinical analysis of Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison which attempts to explain why they behaved as they did.

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Big Brother & The Holding Company, 1965-2003: Die Band ...., Michael Spoerke, 2003

The only book, at the time, about Big Brother & The Holding Company. A German publication written in German.

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Counterculture Kaleidoscope: Musical and Cultural Perspectives on Late Sixties San Francisco, Nadya Zimmerman, 2008

Includes a chapter called The Outlaw Persona: Joplin, Big Brother, and Pluralism in Black and White.

Counterculture Kaleidoscope takes a close look at the cultural and musical practices of that era.

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Last updated February 2020