On the Road With Janis Joplin

On the Road With Janis Joplin

Book - 2014
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In 1967, as the new sound of rock and roll was taking over popular music, John Byrne Cooke was at the center of it all. As a member of D.A. Pennebaker's film crew, he witnessed the astonishing breakout performances of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival that June. Less than six months later, he was on a plane to San Francisco, taking a job as road manager for Janis and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. From then on, Cooke was Joplin's road manager amid a rotating cast of musicians and personnel, a constant presence behind the scenes as the woman called Pearl took the world by storm. Cooke was there when Janis made the difficult decision to leave Big Brother and form a new band. He was with her when the Kozmic Blues Band toured Europe in the spring of 1969, when they performed at Woodstock in August, and when Janis and Full Tilt Boogie took their famous Festival Express train trip across Canada. He accompanied Janis to her friend and mentor Ken Threadgill's 70th birthday party, and was at her side when she attended her tenth high school reunion in Port Arthur, Texas. This intimate memoir spans the years he spent with Janis, from her legendary rise to her tragic last days. Cooke tells the whole incredible story as only someone who lived it could.
Published: New York :, Berkley Books,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780425274118
Branch Call Number: 782.4216 COO
Characteristics: xvi, 414 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Aug 21, 2016

What a great book about the late 60's. If you lived through that amazing time you will love this book. The author was her road manager assigned by her manager to keep his eye on Janis while she was on the road.

From this vantage point the author has a unique perspective which is quite different from the usual band perspective.

Nov 04, 2015

Well written, first hand account of the explosive rise and much too short-lived career of a music icon. There is much in the book that clarifies details, such as why there isn't more film footage of Janis's appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

tailwagger Feb 22, 2015

Well written and quite informative, Cooke was there and has the info from the inside. If you want to hear a fresh, complex portrait of this artist, this is a great place to start.


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