Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing

Angel, A. (2010). Janis Joplin: Rise up singing. NY: Amulet.


The book is about Janis Joplin and her journey to fame and her drug use story that eventually led to her death caused by overdose. It reads in chronological order of Janis’ life, and has some great photos of her while she rose to fame. It also includes stories of how she is remembered after her death and a timeline of her life. I think that the intended audience for this book would be about 8th-9th grade, but because of its content and Janis’ constant drug use, I probably wouldn’t give it to students before 10th grade at the earliest. Follow up reading could be On the road with Janis Joplin, which I assume is just more stories of her drug use.


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