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)
Janis Ian's autobiography relates the story of an artist who gained fame at the young age of 15 years and had many other peaks and valleys throughout her life. Having been so successful at an early age was perhaps a detriment as she seemed to be too trusting in her professional life as well as her personal one. As I listened, I came to expect that if things were going smoothly, then something was just waiting to bring her down - trouble with her health, the IRS, her relationships. She was able to persevere through it all and seems to be much happier now.
I really wanted to hear more about her singing and songwriting career and how she translated her feelings and hopes into such powerful songs. Her narration was very good
I love Janis Ian's music and lyrics. Her lyrics are complex and lyrical and just beautiful. Her prose is more conversational, and a chore to listen to. Her guitar and singing were the best parts of narration.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
This is one of my favorite audible books this year. I can understand why it is nominated for an audible award. I normally don't like authors reading their own books but I make an exception in this case.
Janis Ian opens each chapter singing one of her songs so no one else could do this book justice. I was amazed at everything this talented woman went through in her life so far. She had child abuse, marital abuse, IRS problems due to a manager that stole from her, and health issues that affected her and her family.
This is the story of a survivor and a true heroine. When everything was going against her she was able to make it through to the other side by realizing that no one could take her talent away from her.
I always loved her songs, now I love her as a person too.
Normally, I do not like autobiographies nor audio books with music in it, but it worked for this book. I found the book entertaining and an easy listen. Having the author play the guitar and sing parts of songs really added to the experience. A 3.5 mostly because of the audio...I don't think it would be as good in written form.
I loved the parts where Janis played her own songs and filled in the story with music.
You cannot read the book, it is specifically a audio book because there are musical sections incorporated with her story.
If I could, I would have. I was listening to it in the car... at some points I did not want to get out of my car.
"If 'tis a sin, I don't give a Fiddler's fart!" -Frank McCourt.
By far one of the best autobiography books I've ever read. Janis did a wonderful job narrating the story, also hearing her sing was a wonderful touch.
I loved it so much, that after finishing the book I went on iTunes and purchased a couple of the songs.
Such a wonderful, fascinating story. I'm glad I took a chance on this book.
Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.
I have not read the book but Janis Ian takes you on a journey into the world of Entertainment and it's darker side.
I can't compare this book to any I have heard before
I enjoyed Janis giving us introductions to chapters with her own singing and guitar prowess
Janis Ian was in a brutal relationship with a man and despite her knowing it was wrong she couldn't break free from this scumbag for many years. I found this part of her story very moving and heartbreaking.
This story is full of all the emotions that you can experience. I am glad that Janis Ian is back, I grew up with her music. I am happy she is in a stable relationship and is having a good life.
I should like this as I like many music biographies, given the large number of excellent reviews. While the narration was fine, the story was marred for me by blaming anyone but herself for any setbacks. Maybe it's because, other than a couple songs, I'm not really a fan of her music. Don't regret trying the audiobook,but didn't finish.
Top 5 of the audio books I've downloaded and listened to. The best part was hearing her sing her songs and watch her creative process as she gives birth to her songs. The back story in other words. I found it fascinating.
I was impressed by her ability to keep going on in life when it seemed that everything was being taken away from her. They could never take away her talent and creativity. Janis Ian is a survivor.
I liked her voice as the narrator.
it filled in a lot of gaps
was to emotional for a single sitting
You never really understand the story behind the stage face. What a story. Fame certainly does have a price.
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