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Publisher Description

Audie Award, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2013

Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 2013

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Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. An intimate portrait of an interracial relationship, "Society's Child" climbed the charts despite the fact that many radio stations across the country refused to play it because of its controversial subject matter. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career.

In this fascinating memoir of her more than 40 years in the music business, Ian chronicles how she did drugs with Jimi Hendrix, went shopping for Grammy clothes with Janis Joplin, and sang with Mel Tormé, all the while never ceasing to create unforgettable music.

In 1975, Ian's legendary "At Seventeen" earned two Grammy awards and five nominations. Her next two albums brought her worldwide platinum hits. But after seven albums in as many years, she made a conscious decision to walk away from the often grueling music business. During this period, she struggled through a difficult marriage, which ended with her then husband's attempt to destroy her, and a sudden illness that very nearly cost her her life. The hiatus from music lasted for close to a decade until, in 1993, Ian returned with the release of the Grammy-nominated Breaking Silence. Now, as she moves gracefully into her fifth decade as a recording artist and writer, Ian continues to draw large audiences around the globe.

In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
NARRATOR
JI
Janis Ian
LENGTH
12:07
hr min
RELEASED
2012
June 7
PUBLISHER
Audible Studios
PRESENTED BY
Audible.com
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
603.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Justdar ,

Fascinating and engaging!

The life story of one of the greatest singer songwriters of a generation.
Her story, in her own words, with the added bonus of tracks of many of her best loved songs. What a treat. If you don't know who Janis Ian is, think Taylor Swift meets Adele with a touch of Joan Baez for garnish. Multi Grammy award nominee, winner of several Grammys in different genre's. A must own. You may not know her, but you probably know or have heard her songs performed.

Rumper ,

Only One Janis Ian

I had truly forgotten what a remarkable and talented lady she is. Always such a pleasure to listen to her songs.

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