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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 Janis Ian (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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A true artist, captures a time its people and there effect on a real person brought to life

Eager to start Society'sChild and fed up with 1984's revolving dogmas. I it down 1984. Only to realize Ian would cover the time period. I Being born in late 1961 was not aware of the time that the book starts in but easily recognized it's effects to come.
I hungered for each new chapter and cried "say it ain't so" in the mists or each.
Being self read and adding bits of her own songs brings life, our lives to each chapter, time and Character.
I give it 5of5 in every Category.

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Captured...Spirit, Heart and Soul

How is it possible when I love Harry Chapin, Don McLean, Cat Stevens, Simon & Garfunkle, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, did I miss Janis Ian.

No matter...I picked up Society's Child...a journey not only through her life but my own as well. Though our similarities are many (no I can't carry a note, much less a whole song!), her ups and downs give me hope that I too can come through my current rough patch. That the career I love with as much passion as she loved music will reward me once again...I just need to keep doing what I'm doing and keep hanging in.

If you're seeking inspiration and incredibly song lyrics...then this is the book for you! If you've ever been the outsider looking in...again, this book is for you! If your passion is music...this is a must listen!

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Incredible story! Extraordinary listen!

I still have a Verve 45 rpm of this famous song. I've loved it since it came out on 45 and love it still. This listen is above and beyond with musical clips from Janis' various songs, but her voice narrating her story is what is the absolute BEST! No spoilers here. You just have to buy this! Thank you, Janis!

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incredible journey

love, love, love this book the author shares the most intimate areas of life in a candid, heartwarming way not soppy must read for everyone

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Excellent narration from the author and a very interesting life story. Highly recommend, especially if you like rock biographies.

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Inspiring life story

This book has so many surprises in it and insights about the same time period in which I was beginning some independence from family, attending college, and finding music an important part of inspiration and entertainment (in that order). Janis was a true communicator of truth in her work and her life. Hearing the story behind the scenes of a public figure that has this pure and genuine touch is inspiring on a whole new level! The ups and downs of life and the innocence or naïveté of someone caught in two worlds is revealed in such a stirring account. Many any could relate at many levels. As a visual artist I have been affected on a deep level myself, inspired to rethink my approach to my work and what it may mean to others and how I could make it more available and affordable for those who love art and need it for their own heartfelt reasons.
In gratitude to Janis
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Getting to know an icon.

This is how audio books shine. Narrated by an icon with song segment highlights. Can't imagine that reading the text would be nearly as gratifying.

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Unexpectedly Candid

I first became a Janis Ian fan as a teenager in the last 70s and have always loved her music. I was raised by a gay mother in a time when it was not acceptable at all to be gay.

As a 51 year old adult, I could identify so vividly with her struggles and life challenges. I had no idea how intelligent she is, how vast her life experience and what a talented writer she is.

I hated having to pause the story.

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An amazing story

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Janis Ian does a beautiful job of narrating her life story - and what a story it is! She has been through numerous ups and downs, but she never indulges in self-pity or bitterness as she recalls her past.

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A song of a story

Janis Ian has lived a life filled with every sorrow and joy you can imagine (except one). As one of the deepest songwriters of our generation, it is no surprise that she can write and narrate her own story with warmth and honesty. I met her at the Tucson Festival of Books in 2010. Now, knowing more, I am so happy she is happy.