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Touring With Janis Joplin

Berkley Books

Try explaining the sound of the late singer Janis Joplin to someone who has never heard her.  Not easy, is it? 

No one else put out that distinctive mix of pain, passion, and raw power. 

Joplin died at age 27 decades ago... but not before she met and worked with John Byrne Cook. 

His work as musician, crew member, and road manager put him in Janis Joplin's orbit at the height of her career. 

He tells the story of that time in On The Road With Janis Joplin.

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.