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John Byrne Cooke was Janis Joplin's road manager from 1967 until her death. He is an award-winning author of four previous books, a performing musician with decades of experience, a photographer, and a filmmaker. He has written book reviews for the New York Times, Washington Post Book World, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
"The story of the woman who skyrocketed to fame as the first female rock superstar and left it at a tragically young age--from someone who had a front-row seat."--New York Post "The best book about Janis [Joplin]."--Sam Andrews, Big Brother and the Holding Company "[Cooke] is a gifted writer, letting Joplin's vivaciousness and intensity shine throughout the work."--Library Journal "Janis Joplin was absolutely a barnstormer and a complete groundbreaker. She wasn't just a great woman in rock--at the time she was the woman in rock. Janis really created this whole world of possibility for women in music: Without Janis Joplin, there would be no Melissa Etheridge. Without Janis, there would be no Chrissie Hynde, no Gwen Stefani. There would be no one." --Rosanne Cash "[Janis Joplin] perfectly expressed the feelings and yearnings of the girls of the electric generation--to be all woman, yet equal with men; to be free, yet a slave to real love; to [reject] every outdated convention, and yet get back to the basics of life." --Lillian Roxon, rock critic "Joplin belonged to that select group of pop figures who mattered as much for themselves as for their music. Among American rock performers, she was second only to Bob Dylan in importance as a creator-recorder-embodiment of her generation's mythology." --Ellen Wills, rock journalist