Audie Award, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2013
Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 2013
Booklist Top 10 Biography Audiobooks
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.
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"Each chapter in this mesmerizing memoir begins with an evocative lyric read and sung by Ian, who transports listeners back in time with both words and music." (Booklist)
beautifully written/read produced, Love everything about this book!
Has the candidness and honesty of Dylans "Chronicals Vol 1" but with the wonderful intimacy of being read by Ian herself WONDERFUL!
Do yourself a favor, buy it now!
Autobiographies are a favorite of mine particularly when they are read by the author. Her performance and singing added poignant depth. Music, fame, searching for love and overcoming repeated betrayals and setbacks is heartbreaking. It is the story of one woman and its the story of all women who struggled through feminist equality from the 50s through the 70s: a time Boomers will recall and appreciate the change we see today thanks to activists who weren't and aren't satisfied with conserving the status quo. Janis was one of those change agents.
Souful, historical, redemption
That Janis read it herself and introduced most of the chapters in song
The scene where the bigots left the auditorium
Not really, but Janis is now as much a hero for me as the "other" Janis is the voice of "g-d".
Heart wrenching at times and it emerges as a story that reflects the tremendous social upheaval in our times- so glad Ian has found a joyful life after so much wonderful work.
Honest, candid, personal
Nobody else could perform this book as well as the author, with guitar in hand.
This book had moments when it drew out laughter and tears.
Janis Ian's tale is told in a well-organized manner that grips the reader and sheds light on each of our lives.
As accomplished as Janice is, I just didnt feel the story was that interesting. I dont want that to take away from any of her struggles or accomplishments. I didnt feel she was very effective as a the narrator either.
Does the victim part ever end? In a word, No. At least, as far as I could make myself read, which was well over halfway. I kept thinking, "She's going to change, she's going to get it and make something better of her life..." Unfortunately, most of the book is the same victim story told and retold and retold again. I just couldn't bear to read another variation and finally gave up. I was hoping for a great story - and the cultural references in the art and music world were fun to reflect upon, but they couldn't make up for the same story told by the same voice over and over again. Sorry, Janis.
This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
I don't know if there are many people that will agree with me, but this story is about a woman very proud of herself. That, by itself, might not be so bad, but this had all the "I was", "I did", and "I knew and met" you might expect from someone raised by a very liberal family during a time of national struggle for equality. The story includes drugs, sex, and many disturbing scenes that are just glossed over by this writer.
I did not realize how dysfuntional Janis Ian was\is. It left me with less admiration for her. I thought her sexual life was too overdone, and I am no prude. It makes one wonder who someone with such intelligence and talent could make such bad choices over and over again! Just a disapointing story. I found it hard to have smypathy for her when it seemed obvious she made her choices with eyes wide open.
Too much dysfunctional garbage.
The constant minage a trios! Way way too much! Just more than I needed to know!
Sadly, I really would not recommend this book
Eclectic tastes in music and books, drawn to cheerful, beautiful, and gentle things
There are times I wondered if Ms. Ian, though a gifted singer, songwriter and narrator, is actually this naive, or is there something more disturbing going on? She spends years in an abusive relationship with a much older man. Later on, she gets ripped off over and over again because she trusts people she shouldn't from agents/colleagues to friends/lovers. Eventually, most people learn to get second opinions, to put things in writing, and to hide their cash in a safe place. It's a dysfunction train from beginning to end, and I found it sad.
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