Weeds Like Us (Paperback)

A lifetime-in-the-making memoir from the Grammy nominated 7-time Blues Foundation BMA winner and now author! Meet Ms. Janiva Magness!

  • 6" x 9" paperback
  • Exclusive first edition - only 500 copies in existence
  • 320 pages including photos

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"Violence, bullying, incest, addiction and alcoholism, rape, clinical depression, parental suicide — add it all up. By the time I was a 14-year-old run-away, I felt in many ways both hypnotized and a prisoner to the past."

This Grammy nominated artist Janiva Magness has been given the highest Blues honors. Now comes the first edition of her miraculous and deeply moving story about a life worth living.

“I was always a lonely kid. I turned into a lonely adolescent, a deeply troubled teenager and an angry young woman with a lot of justifiable demons.”

Beyond her true understanding of how, Magness came out the other side. Just like the old gospel song, How I Got Over by Clara Ward;. “My soul looks back and wonders how I got over.”

She's not only still standing, she is triumphant!

“As a journalist for more than three decades, I crossed paths with a lot of compelling characters and more than a few scoundrels, but I have never met anyone more inspirational than Janiva Magness. Magness is a brilliant, award-winning blues artist who wins universally rave reviews for her CDs and live performances, but she endured so much tragedy and pain in her life that one has to wonder how she survived at all, let alone flourished…. To see Janiva perform live is a transformative experience. She pours every ounce of her passion and energy into each song. It is easy to see why her growing legion of fans adore her.”

- Gary Delsohn as published on Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change website.