Wonderful singing by Janis
Her ability to recover from her lowest moments.
Her amazing voice.
Disaster breeds emotional and physical strength.
One of my favorite listening experiences!!
Janis Ian is the ultimate story teller! Her honesty and talents shine in this very moving performance. I feel as if I know her personally after reading this wonderful book, I highly recommend it!!
I have loved Janis Ian's music since the early 70's and was hopeful about this bio. Unfortunately, it was almost entirely composed of how the world was hard on her, and how wonderful and brilliant she was in the midst of it all.
I have lived a somewhat tough life too, but learned a long time ago that very little happens to us that was not, in at least some level, a result of our own choices and actions. Janis may have had some hard knocks, but never takes any responsibility for her own choices or actions. That leaves me wondering how much else was exaggerated or more the result of her own than she would have us believe.
I still love her music, but am now a lot more jaded about the life story behind it...
Kea Giles (Asmus)
Janis Ian narrates her own book so well that I "couldn't put it down." Well done. It's a gripping biography, interesting & insightful. And Ian does a good job of sharing trauma without being maudlin. I did find the book somewhat stressful though *spoiler alert* - one story after another of pain and trauma and let-downs almost made me want to stop listening. But, as they say, it all turned out OK in the end -- though it's not the end -- she will have to put out a second book to cover the next 20 years or thereabouts.
This is a full-on audio book experience. The fact that Audible chose to produce it was an incredible choice on their part. With Janice Ian singing and playing her own songs, even going so far as to reenact the process of writing a song... words just cannot express how amazing this book is.
There were so many! I couldn't pick just one!
The music, the singing, the emotions as she recounts the joys and sorrows in her own life... this book is incredible
Yes! I squirreled away time as often as possible to finish this book.
Better reviewers than I have put into words the incredible experience of listening to this book - I will not overshadow them. This is the story of rags to riches to rags, of pain, of joy... download this book!
Yes, if only for the music.
This was a moving book, sometimes depressing but always hopeful. Her performance of her music at the beginning of every chapter provides a unique and moving framework for her life story. The frankness with which the story is told and the way she handles her abuse, her betrayals and her sexuality are revealing of the times and of her growth as a person. But always it is the music that drives her and heals her. Loved the book!
Having grown up in Janis' generation, being almost the same age, I was a huge fan. Her lyrics always resonated with me; but other than 17, I had forgotten about her music and about her as an artist. This book brought it all back to me vividly and, along with it, memories of myself at 17. Her narration was key to the enjoyment of the book. Beginning each chapter with a song was brilliant and sharing the story of her life was not only brave but made for an excellent read (listen). I always knew from her music that she was a complex individual but to hear first-hand how and what made her who she is helped to truly understand her music and life. This is an extremely a good book, even if you don't know Janis and he music, but being audible made it just that much better. After listening, I immediately went out and bought some of her music.
Yes. To refresh story and glean more understanding
Candid style. Human interest. Emotional connection. Understanding the life of an artist.
Herself. The songs at the start of each chapter. The feel
Revealing, charming, well-read
It is her story so hearing it in her voice means you move at her pace. If I read the written words I might put emphasis on parts that she did not and vice versa. It really was like sitting down and talking to an old friend.
Yes. Because it covered a time in history that I lived through and I enjoyed her relating to me over again.
Yes. To my children and younger friends who missed this troubled period in history and need to learn about the freedoms gained and the music culture that contributed to change. To my age cohort, I would also recommend as a mindful journey down memory lane.
In her verbal presentation a passion for independence and resilience.
I sided with her in her response to crowd reactions to her lyrics.
A good read (on Janice's part) accurately conveying the emotions and turmoil of a period of change that advanced the power of music as a social commentary, one that she contributed to significantly.