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Janis Joplin: Days & Summers

Scrapbook 1966-68

Janis Joplin

ĎIím sure youíve heard that Iím a new breed swinger now, the idol of my generation, a rockíníroll singer. Yes fans, yes, itís true.í Ė Janis Joplin

As the first-ever female rock star who dazzled listeners with her powerful voice and fierce uninhibited style, few musicians have attained the same iconic status as Janis Joplin. Now, Janisís personal scrapbook is revealed for the first time, compiled between 1966-1968, as the singer found her star rising.

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The Scrapbook

Janis Joplin: Days & Summers

'We've had Janis's scrapbook for a long time. It was really important to her. Scrapbooks may sound quaint and old-fashioned today, but by sitting down, cutting these things out, sticking them in place and annotating them, Janis has given us a unique record of the period.' - Michael Joplin

In her handmade scrapbook Janis Joplin created a personal record of her meteoric rise to fame and the flowering of Sixties counterculture in which she was to play a lead role. From the singer's earliest intimate blues gigs in local coffee houses, to her first appearances with Big Brother and the Holding Company, to the band's breakthrough performance at Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, Janis's story is remarkable. Throughout it all, she collected posters, souvenirs, press clippings, photographs and records, and annotated them with her comments.

More than 50 years later, Janis's scrapbook is revealed for the first time. Featured alongside are previously unpublished items from her personal archive, including letters she wrote home to her family and a preceding scrapbook from her senior high school years, 1956-59. Collectively, they offer a brand new perspective on the Port Arthur girl that transformed into a rock goddess, setting the world on fire with her talent.
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The Manuscript

Janis Joplin: Days & Summers

'Her voice was so powerful it would cut through a rock... Right away we knew she was the one. We said to her, 'We're working next weekend, hope you're ready.' - Peter Albin, Big Brother and the Holding Company

Written by the people who really knew Janis and those inspired by her, the book's in-depth text provides a fascinating, new account of the singer's extraordinary life. With an introduction by Grace Slick and an afterword by Kris Kristofferson, the book's list of contributors includes Big Brother bandmates Peter Albin and Dave Getz, Jefferson Airplane members Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen, musicians Mick Fleetwood, Chrissie Hynde, Taj Mahal and Jimmy Page, talk show host Dick Cavett, as well as siblings Laura and Michael Joplin.

Other figures interviewed exclusively for the project include Woodstock Festival organiser Michael Lang, American artist Stanley Mouse, writers Richard Goldstein and David Dalton, plus legendary rock photographers Henry Diltz, Bob Gruen and Elliott Landy.
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The Author

Janis Joplin: Days & Summers

'An amazingly talented human tornado who just whirled her way into our consciousness. We try to describe her but, like being in love, it's difficult telling someone else how stunning the impact is. You know when you feel it, and Janis was probably the best at translating those all-consuming emotions.' - Grace Slick

Janis Joplin was an American singer, songwriter and arranger, from Port Arthur, Texas, who moved to San Francisco in 1966 to join local band Big Brother and the Holding Company and pursue her dream of becoming a musician. She died aged 27 on October 4, 1970. She is one of the most influential icons from the Sixties and considered one of the best female blues singers ever.

'There was just nothing else like her - total rebelliousness, abandon, musical excellence, and connection with everyone in the audience. Pure magic. Everybody just loved her. She gave us a voice that was anti-establishment, and I've lived by it ever since.' - Chrissie Hynde
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The Collector Copies

Janis Joplin: Days & Summers

Collector copies are numbered from 351 to 2,000, authenticated with the Janis Joplin estate stamp, and hand-signed by the contributors.

Limited to only 2,000 copies worldwide, each book in the Days & Summers edition is hand-numbered, estate-stamped with Janis Joplin's signature, and hand-signed by her Big Brother bandmates Peter Albin and Dave Getz, Jefferson Airplane's Jorma Kaukonen, and Janis's siblings, Laura Joplin and Michael Joplin.

The large-format book (325mm x 305mm / 12¾" x 12") is printed on heavyweight 200gsm paper with gilt and deckled page edging. Collector copies are quarter-bound in a navy, vegan leather, and light blue binding cloth blocked with gold, pink and blue foiling. Days & Summers is the name Janis Joplin gave to the scrapbook she kept during her high school years, and the book's cover design is similarly inspired by Janis, featuring her own hand-drawn lettering and decorative linework.

All copies in the limited edition include a special 7" single containing two exceptionally rare recordings: two blues tracks from The Typewriter Tape recorded in 1964 by Janis Joplin and Jorma Kaukonen ('Daddy Daddy Daddy' by Janis Joplin, and the blues standard 'Trouble In Mind'). Capturing Joplin at a pivotal moment, before joining Big Brother & the Holding Company, The Typewriter Tape has attained mythic status among bootleg recordings. Given the historic nature of the two tracks, the single is pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.

The Collector signed book and vinyl record set is presented in a navy, cloth-bound slipcase.

 

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The Deluxe Copies

Janis Joplin: Days & Summers

Deluxe copies are numbered 1 to 350, and include an exclusive signed portrait of Janis Joplin by Grace Slick.

Limited to only 2,000 copies worldwide, each book in the Days & Summers edition is hand-numbered, estate-stamped with Janis Joplin's signature, and hand-signed by her Big Brother bandmates Peter Albin and Dave Getz, Jefferson Airplane's Jorma Kaukonen, and Janis's siblings, Laura Joplin and Michael Joplin.

The large-format book (325mm x 305mm / 12¾" x 12") is printed on heavyweight 200gsm paper with gilt and deckled page edging. Additionally, Deluxe copies are fully bound in a navy, vegan leather, blocked with gold, pink and blue foiling. Days & Summers is the name Janis Joplin gave to the scrapbook she kept during her high school years, and the book's cover design is similarly inspired by Janis, featuring her own hand-drawn lettering and decorative linework.

Exclusive to the Deluxe copies is a beautiful, artist-signed drawing of Janis Joplin by Grace Slick. Hand-numbered 1 of 350 copies, the signed Deluxe print is an archival Giclée made onto Hahnemühle German Etching paper (100% cotton rag, 310gsm) that is suitable for framing (254mm x 200mm / 10" x 8").

All copies in the limited edition include a special 7" single containing two exceptionally rare recordings: two blues tracks from The Typewriter Tape recorded in 1964 by Janis Joplin and Jorma Kaukonen ('Daddy Daddy Daddy' by Janis Joplin, and the blues standard 'Trouble In Mind'). Capturing Joplin at a pivotal moment, before joining Big Brother & the Holding Company, The Typewriter Tape has attained mythic status among bootleg recordings. Given the historic nature of the two tracks, the single is pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.

The Deluxe signed book, vinyl record, and signed print set is presented in a navy, cloth-bound solander case.

 

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Janis Joplin: Days & Summers

Janis Joplin: Days & Summers

Scrapbook 1966-68

Select from the following editions:

Janis Joplin: Days & Summers

Janis Joplin: Days & Summers

  • ISBN:
    9781905662654
  • Collector:
    1650 copies
  • Signed by:
    Peter Albin, Dave Getz, Jorma Kaukonen, Laura Joplin and Michael Joplin and estate-stamped with Janis's signature.
  • Binding:
    Quarter vegan leather binding
  • Extras:
    7" vinyl with two blues tracks from The Typewriter Tape recorded in 1964 in Santa Clara, California by Janis Joplin and Jorma Kaukonen: 'Daddy Daddy Daddy' by Janis Joplin and 'Trouble In Mind'. Foreword by Grace Slick and Afterword by Kris Kristofferson with a stamp of his signature.
Pre-order now at the pre-publication price. Shipping worldwide March 2021.
Collector £295

As the first-ever female rock star who dazzled listeners with her powerful voice and fierce uninhibited style, few musicians have attained the same iconic status as Janis Joplin. Now, Janisís personal scrapbook is revealed for the first time, compiled between 1966-1968, as the singer found her star rising.

  • Published Mar 2021
  • Page size: 305mm x 325mm
  • 256 pages
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