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On the Road with Janis Joplin

John Byrne Cooke

One of Parade's Top Ten Rock n' Roll Reads As a road manager and filmmaker, he 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-and depart the stage too soon. 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.

One of Parade's Top Ten Rock n' Roll Reads As a road manager and filmmaker, he 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-and depart the stage too soon. 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.
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One of Parade's Top Ten Rock n' Roll Reads As a road manager and filmmaker, he 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-and depart the stage too soon. 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.

Language:

English

Length:

13h 22m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:41


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:21


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:19


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:07


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:37


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:31


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:22


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:25


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:26


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:21


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:17


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:16


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:01


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:38


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:49


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:36


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:27


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:09


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:13


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:33


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:08


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:25


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:33


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:39


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:58


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:28


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:32


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:36


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:26


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:51


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:38


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:15


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:34


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:31


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:34


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:13


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:27


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:42


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:30


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:12


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:34


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:19


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:39


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:21


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:49


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:05


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:08


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:15


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:46


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:21


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:09


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:00


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:25


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:36


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:36


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:50


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:38


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:32


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:30


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:14


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:27


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:59


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:36


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:17


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:04


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:35


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:18


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:58


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:27


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:47


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:22


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:01


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:17


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:46


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:18


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:21


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:33


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:04


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:13


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:16


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:04


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:48


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:47


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:05


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:27


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:59


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:04


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:38


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:52


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:08


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:53


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:57


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:17


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:14


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:39


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:59


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:49


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:28


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

06:41


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:53


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:36


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

02:49


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:03


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:12


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:50


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

03:24


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

00:36