Janis Ian - 1/10 (Rescheduled from 11/2)
at City Winery New York City
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JANIS IAN: A LIFE IN SONG
Janis Ian began her mostly stellar, sometimes stormy, professional life at the ripe old age of 12 when she wrote her first song and was published by Broadside Magazine. That led to her first “real” show, at New York’s venerable Village Gate, where she shared a stage with Tom Paxton, Lou Gossett Jr., Judy Collins, Phil Ochs, and a host of other singer-songwriters.
At 14, she wrote "Society's Child,” which is also the name of her self-penned autobiography (Tarcher/Penguin), now available as an audio book (Audible.com). It traces her Grammy Award winning career and the many cornerstones she laid for others to build on. The audio book is produced by Grammy Award winner Stefan Rudnicki, producer of over 1,000 audio books, who has also been honored with Grammy nominations, Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards.
From her first headlining show at Greenwich Village’s Gaslight Café at age 15, her life was fraught with challenges. Most adults could not have survived the scorn and controversy that surrounded what was to become her debut single and first hit. “Society’s Child” focused on an interracial couple in an era when tempers flared at even such a mention. The intimidating boos she received on-stage from racists shied in comparison to the hate mail and death threats she was subjected to. She has continued to hold her head high despite criticism, family problems, near fatal health issues, failed relationships with both men and women including an abusive and broken marriage, and devastating financial crises.
Always one to follow her heart and her beliefs, Janis was one of the first celebrities to come out publicly. She and her partner of 23 years were married in Canada in 2003, the only place where gay marriage was legal at the time. Her roller coaster ride has taken her to Nashville, her home this past quarter-century, where she thrives with new product on her own Rude Girl Records label, ongoing touring, and perpetual and prolific songwriting.