Winner of the 2013 Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album
Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at age fifteen, when her soul-wrenching song about an interracial relationship, “Society’s Child,” became a hit. The song 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. Society’s Child is Ian’s fascinating personal account of her more than forty years in the music business.
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 music business and devote herself to writing. During this period, she struggled through a difficult marriage that 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, and she has been making unforgettable music ever since. In Society’s Child, she provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures, the hopes and dreams, of an extraordinary life.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Hair of Spun Gold 1
God & the FBI 20
Silly Habits 36
Society's Child 52
Haven's I Got Eyes 82
This Train Still Runs 141
At Seventeen 159
Love Is Blind 173
Fly Too High 189
Arms Around My Life 203
His Hands 224
When Angels Cry 236
My Tennessee Hills 249
Stolen Fire 263
Days Like These 283
Through the Years 305
I Hear You Sing Again 318
"My Autobiography" 347
What People are Saying About This
“Society’s Child is the hugely readable autobiography of an artist who has lived through success and crushing hardship but knows that ‘you can’t sing and cry at the same time.’ Sing on!”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Painfully candid . . . hard to put down.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“A juicily entertaining look at an unusual life in show business."Downbeat yet oddly rollicking and compulsively readable.”
"Deftly written, the life experiences described by Janis Ian in this engaging memoir gives us a peek into the anatomy of a brilliant songwriter'
"One of life's greatest pleasures is a book that you simply can't put down—one that transports you from start to finish as it elevates, enlightens, engages and entertains. Janis Ian gives you all this in Society's Child."
"A splendid retelling of a major life! Janis Ian is a survivor, and her book is an illuminating and inspiring read."
"Janis Ian is at once larger-than-life and excruciatingly human. In Society's Child she describes great triumphs, devastating betrayals of every kind, and her extraordinary strength of spirit shines through every page."
"A book of surpassing clarity and truth."
—Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game
"I laughed, I ached, I wept, I cheered...and ultimately was totally taken by Janis Ian's honest and deeply moving autobiography: an insightful and courageous personal account of her musical, spiritual and emotional journey."
—Noel Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul & Mary
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thank you Janis Ian for a great autobiography and great music. You have the gift to transport your readers and listeners to many places of the heart and soul. You are at the top of my favorite list. Bravo!
...you must read Janis Ian's autobiography. Having been a fan for decades now, I had the opportunity to see Janis again recently when she visited Vermont with Tom Paxton. Her songs and stories are timeless treasures. Her biography is honest and heart-wrenching, and like listening to her songs, I just could not stop. A true artist... in so many senses of the word.
I have been a Janis Ian fan and follower since Society's Child first hit the airwaves. Being a couple of years her junior she was mentor, friend, philosopher, artist and the person who first opened my ears to hear and my eyes to see. This book brings it all back again. The insights and the additional stories that fill in some of the blanks of my knowledge about her are great. I felt as though a long lost friend came by to visit and talk about all the old times and what they were doing now. Thank you for the music and thank you for revealing your soul.
We knew she could write beautiful songs that touch our hearts, but when she makes us privy to her life story, the stories behind those songs make them all the more compelling. A book I thought I'd enjoy at a leisurely pace was immediately one I could not put down. I recommend this book to anyone who believes in the American Dream and enjoys reading about it coming true. Adversity, survival, madness, laughter and above all love.
Highly RecommendedWhile listening to Janis Ian perform at a local Musikfest, I took a wonderful, magical trip down memory lane. I purchased a copy of her recently released autobiography and read it in one sitting -- late into the wee morning hours.I know the words to all the songs and now it is a special gift to hear the stories behind some of them and to learn the twists and turns of her journey.Her well-written, insightful book shines a bright light in the corners of the rough spots of darkness of her life. Her vulnerability is profound. While writing in a non melodramatic fashion, she quietly invites the reader to sit beside her as she unravels the joys, the sadness, the blessings and the mysteries.She touched our hearts years ago when she learned some truths at seventeen, and now, this incredible woman continues to share some of the truths she has discovered throughout her life.
I thought by reading the sample I could get a feel for the book, but after credits etc., there was only one small page of the actual book. Hardly enough to be called a sample. Dissapointed enough to not buy the book on principal.