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Society's Child
 
 
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Janis Ian.
Label Tarcher
Format hardcover
Runtime/Release Date 384/2008
UPC
Daedalus Item Code 00891
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This is singer-songwriter Janis Ian's fast-moving, frank memoir of her more than 40 years in the music business. She was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15 when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a controversial national hit; in 1975 her legendary song "At Seventeen" earned two Grammy Awards and five nominations. But during the 1980s she made a conscious decision to walk away from the music business to study ballet and acting, while also struggling through an abusive marriage. Ian chronicles how she did drugs with Jimi Hendrix, went shopping for Grammy clothes with Janis Joplin, and sang with Mel Tormé, and how she came out as a lesbian, returned to recording as an independent artist, and took up science fiction writing.

"Casual music-scene observers may see Ian and her remarkable music surfacing every decade or so, usually winning a handful of Grammy nominations. There's a life between recording sessions, of course, that Ian describes with brutal honesty.... Even recounting decisions that were stupid (quite often) and bad things that happened to her (many), she keeps us on her side, hoping things eventually turn out well. Fans will love the book, of course, but many nonfans, too, should find this painfully candid memoir hard to put down."—Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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