Friday, April 19, 2013
8:00 PM–10:00 PM Free
Janis Ian was a musical child prodigy, picking up her father’s battered guitar at age 10 and publishing her first song to rock the nation at age 14. Despite being initially banned by radio stations for being too “subversive”, Society’s Child quickly went to #1 and Ian joined the ranks of fellow icons, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
“That honesty, its eloquence and depth, may be her chief legacy to contemporary music” –Arlene Levinson, Associated Press
With the tenacity and perseverance that would see her through four decades as an artist, she staged her first “comeback” with what would be become a classic anthem for disaffected teenagers: At Seventeen. Not only did the song win Ian two Grammys, selling over a million copies; it led to a seven-year period of unbridled success that gave her #1 records in every Western country.
Her songs have been re-recorded by so many others that few remember that Ian is the original author. In 2008, Janis reached another pinnacle in her career, releasing her long-awaited autobiography: Society’s Child. With her short stories, songs for film and television and her scholarship foundation for returning students that has raised over $300,000, Janis Ian is a formidable talent, a force of nature.