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One of Parade's Top Ten Rock n' Roll ReadsAs a road manager and filmmaker, John Byrne Cooke helped run the Janis Joplin show—and record it for posterity. Now he reveals the never-before-told story of his years with the young woman from Port Arthur who would become the first female rock-and-roll superstar. 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 became road manager for Janis and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and from then on, Cooke was a constant presence behind the scenes as the woman called Pearl took the world by storm. This intimate memoir spans the years he spent with Janis, from Monterey to Europe, Woodstock and Festival Express. Cooke tells the whole incredible story as only someone who lived it can. INCLUDES PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS
The influential music artist's road manager retraces his eyewitness to Joplin's breakout performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, pivotal career decisions, appearance at Woodstock, attendance at her high-school reunion and tragic final days. 100,000 first printing.
Number of Pages: 430
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Genres + Styles / Rock, Composers + Musicians
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: John Byrne Cooke
Street Date: November 3, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-6450
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