Society's Child: My Autobiography

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Penguin, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 361 pages
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Grammy Award–winning singer and songwriter Janis Ian’s memoir of her more than forty years in the music business.

Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of fifteen when her soul-wrenching song “Society’s Child” became a national 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 life 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 Society’s Child, Ian shares with readers what it felt like to move in and out of the public eye. 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 often grueling music business to study ballet and acting. She also struggled through a difficult marriage that ended with her then husband’s threat to kill her. The hiatus from music lasted for nearly a decade until, in 1993, Ian returned with the release of Breaking Silence. Rather than risk losing artistic control, she took out a second mortgage on her home to fund the record. It paid off as Breaking Silencegained Ian her ninth Grammy nomination. Now in her fifth decade, Ian continues to draw large audiences around the globe.

Janis Ian has inspired generations of fans and in this moving book she shares the fascinating story of her life in music.
  

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What a quality read, fascinating just isnt enough to express it. Not only did Janis touch on so much of musical history of the days but also tied "SOCIETY'S CHILD: MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY with the release of "THE BEST OF JANIS IAN: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY COLLECTION", a two CD musical history relating her music to the specific chapters of the book. I must confess that we have long been Janis Ian fans, but have found this book makes for compelling reading that can walk the reader through all the imaginable emotions, From Joy to fear, Anger to laughter. Her openness is refreshing and if your into the history of American Music, this set is a must. Janis won a Grammy for pretty obvious reasons, not to mention being nominated for another nine Grammy's. Yes, this book is a wonderful read.
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User Review  - Daniela Botterbusch - Goodreads

If you're considering this book, I highly recommend the audiobook (Audible) version. Janice Ian narrates, and she performs snippets of her own work throughout. Read full review

Contents

Hair of Spun Gold
1
God 6? the FBI
20
Silly Habits
36
Societys Child
52
Havent I Got Eyes
82
Jesse
108
Stars
118
This Train Still Runs
141
His Hands
224
When Angels Cry
236
My Tennessee Hills
249
Stolen Fire
263
Days Like These
283
Through the Years
305
Hear You Sing Again
318
Joy
333

At Seventeen
159
Love Is Blind
173
Fly Too High
189
Arms Around My Life
203
My Autobiography
347
Index
351
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Janis Ian is a Grammy Award–winning songwriter and singer, and an author of science fiction.

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