|Janis Ian from WIKIPEDIA|
I decided to look Janis Ian up online and see what happened to her over the years.
Well, what I found out was that Janis admire JOAN BAEZ as a kid....well, I should've known...'cause I love Baez too. Now, that I've read that...I can hear the simularities [spell?]. IAN's and BAEZ's. You? Ian learned several instruments growing up and wrote her first song at 12 years of age. Janis Ian's first album was recorded in 1964. At age 13, Ian wrote the song "Society's child, Baby, I've Been Thinking'. About an interracial romance, that song caused alota....well, she received a bunch of hate mail and even some death threats. The song was released three times in the 60's, the third time became a hit and featured in a CBS T.V. Special called ' Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution'
So, what I found out early in my research was that Janis Ian was NOT afraid to speak her mind, fight for equal rights or push social limits. She became very popular in other countries especially in Japan And, became great friends with BETTE MIDLER, another person I think of as a musician that pushes social values and limits. See my story on Bette Midler HERE.
In 1993, Ianis 'came out' as gay and released her album and title song 'Breaking Silence' about incest. She's outspoken and not afraid to critize [spell?] portions of the music industry that she disagrees with.
In 2014, she's still touring around the U.S. and seems like isn't slowing down a bit. Janis Ian and Patricia Synder were married in 2003, she has one step daughter and two grandchildren. Over and out for today, SMILE, Jan
I'll post some Janis Ian tunes below.
1.] AT SEVENTEEN Live '76, by Janis Ian, by
2.] SOCIETY's CHILD, by Janis Joplin, by
3.] JESSE, by Janis Ian, by
4.] TEA AND SYMPATHY, by Janis Joplin, by