Nicolas Finet (writing) Christopher (art)
Foreword by Gilbert Shelton
Love Me Please is a biography in comics of the amazing rock singer Janis Joplin, which recalls, respecting the chronology, the highlights of her journey from childhood, after the Second World War, to her abrupt death in late 1970.
It is one of the most fabulous musical adventures in America of the second half of the twentieth century. Yet it lasted only five years.
How did a very young messed up woman, a drug addict filled with doubt, become in a few years a planetary icon of rock music? She went from the shadows to the blinding light of fame in only four records (the last one issued a month and a half after her tragic death). Thanks to a worldwide movement of emancipation which would consecrate for a long time the ideals and modes of alternative lifestyles from counterculture to the flower power generation, Janis, the ugly duckling, gave free rein to her impulses. Fed by the thirst for freedom of the Beat Generation and the desire for emancipation expressed by American youth in the early 1960s, Janis Joplin left for San Francisco, the epicenter of cultural innovation. She will live there a freedom of which she would hardly have dared to dream, abandoning herself to all impulses, overcoming without hesitation all the taboos of the time: bisexuality, alcohol, drugs, doing so not only with delight, but with the taste for excess which came naturally from her spontaneous character.
A lively, fascinating story of a woman ahead of her time.
"Whether you're a fan or you just want to know more about her, this is an excellent way to get a feel for who she was and what kind of music she embodied."
"An inherently fascinating and informative read from cover to cover, "Love Me Please!: The Story of Janis Joplin" is a 'must' for the legions of Janis Joplin fans and will prove to be a welcome and popular addition to community, college, and university library Biography collections."
-Midwest Book Review
"Great for nostalgic hippie boomers as well as for those of any era who appreciate learning about Joplin's magnetic personality and wondrous music."
"Solid art and thorough research. Christopher's art glows when the Summer of Love hits full bloom."
"This forthright, no-nonsense yet extremely imaginative interpretation of the too-short flowering of "the Rose" offers insight but no judgement into a quintessentially complex, contradictory and uncompromised life..."
-Win Wiacek-Now Read This
"With many song lyrics from the songs Janis sang and the artists she loved, Love me please rightly puts Joplin on a [pedestal]. Nicolas Finet has harmoniously brought together the happy and the sensitive sides of Janis, guaranteeing Janis' spirit and music live on."
"A perfect graphic introduction to the short, shining life of an unforgettable vocalist."
7 ½ x 10, 160pp. full-color hardcover, $24.99
Buy the e-book: $16.99, ISBN 9781681122779