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Tour poster for co-bill of Janis Ian with Big Brother (and Janis Joplin) et al - June 7, 1967

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Janis Ian Autobio Audible cover with Grammy

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Janis Ian with Arlo Guthrie at the Grammys - February 29, 1968

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Janis Ian with Grammy Award - February 28, 1976

Janis with Grammy Award (February 28, 1976)
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Janis Ian -  2013 Grammy Award for Best Narrator

Janis 2013 Grammy Award for Best Narrator
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Janis Ian - Original Saturday Night Live Cast List - October 11, 1975

Original Saturday Night Live Cast List (October 11, 1975)
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Concert poster of Janis Ian, The Doors, Brenton Wood and the Grass Roots - 1967

Concert poster of Janis, The Doors, Brenton Wood and the Grass Roots (1967)
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Janis Ian New York Times Article - September 25, 1966

Janis New York Times Article (September 25, 1966)
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Janis Ian 1973 - Photo by Cunningham

Janis (1973)
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Janis Ian with Joan Baez in Amsterdam - May 3, 1993

Janis with Joan Baez in Amsterdam (May 3, 1993)
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Janis Ian with Odetta, Helen Reddy, Jewel and Judy Collins - January 25, 1999

Janis with Odetta, Helen Reddy, Jewel and Judy Collins (January 25, 1999)
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Janis Ian - 1968 cover of Downbeat Magazine

1968 cover of Downbeat Magazine
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Janis Ian August 9, 1967 on the Johnny Carson Show

On the Johnny Carson Show (August 9, 1967)
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Janis Ian with Pete Seeger - June 18, 2011 - Photo by John Claeys

Janis with Pete Seeger (June 18, 2011)
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Janis Ian with Judy Collins and Leonard Cohen - December 1, 1974

Janis with Judy Collins and Leonard Cohen (December 1, 1974)
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Janis Ian with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Ed Sciaky - 1973 - Photo by Peter Cunningham

Janis with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Ed Sciaky (1973)
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Janis Ian with Jean Ritchie - August 17, 2008 - Photo by Susan Hamburger

Janis with Jean Ritchie (August 17, 2008)
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Janis Ian Harry Chapin Concert - July 26, 1975

Janis Ian / Harry Chapin Concert (July 26, 1975)
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Janis Ian with Ronnie Gilbert, Holly Near and Odetta - May 15, 2005

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"Before Ellen came out and anyone who wasn't a Bible scholar knew who Lilith was..before Jewel even...there was Janis Ian." Rolling Stone, October 1997

Her grandparents were immigrants, and she was raised to believe in the American Dream. Her parents taught her that even though America was not perfect, it was the best country on earth because it allowed you to help change the bad things. That's why they attended rallies for civil rights, and embraced socialist ideas that were not the norm in that era. When her father, a New Jersey chicken farmer, went to a meeting about the price of eggs, the F.B.I. picked him up on his way home. A year later, Janis was born into a world of surveillance, interviews with neighbors and landlords, moving often because her father would be denied tenure, being observed through binoculars at her summer camp as a six year old.

As a musician, Janis was a child prodigy, asking for piano lessons at two and progressing from there to French horn, trumpet, and "anything else I could get my hands on." She was only 10 when she first picked up her father's battered Martin D-18 guitar, and just 13 when she published her first song in Broadside Magazine. And at age 14, she wrote the song that charted her life's course, a song that Arlene Levinson of the Associated Press described as "a white teenager indicting America for its racism and hypocrisy." Janis Ian says, "My parents never punished me for telling the truth, no matter how awful it was... I was only punished for lying." Levinson says, "That honesty, its eloquence and depth, may be her chief legacy to contemporary music."

Society's Child rocked the nation at a time when the Supreme Court had yet to repeal the laws against interracial marriage, and when civil rights unrest was cresting. It was banned across the country by radio stations as "subversive", a position that was later reversed when the brilliant composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein became Janis' most vocal supporter. The song went to #1 and the teenager was suddenly hanging out with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, appearing on television shows, and getting hate mail.

A few years later, she had given most of her money away to friends and charities, and was considered a "has-been." With the tenacity and perserverance 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. The "has-been" was suddenly in demand as the first musical guest on the inaugural broadcast of Saturday Night Live, the first pop artist to play the Sydney Opera House, and too many other "firsts" to mention. Ian, never one to be comfortable with the status quo, used her new-found popularity to challenge social trends by daring to appear in pants on The Tonight Show.

Shortly after her time in the spotlight, Janis Ian disappeared for what would turn out to be almost 10 years. She studied acting with Stella Adler, married, and had plans to start a family, but the marriage ended in a painful divorce. Her accountant duped her, and the IRS came after her for seven years of back taxes that had never been paid. She sold everything...her prized Bosendorfer piano, her house, her guitars, even her publishing catalogue...to settle up. When she moved to Nashville in 1988, she had little more than a couple of guitars and the clothes on her back. She began writing songs for other artists such as Bette Midler, whose cover of "Some People's Lives" was the title track of the album, selling over 2 million copies worldwide.

Her next dramatic comeback in 1993 was with Breaking Silence, a tour de force that not only earned her a ninth Grammy nomination, but announced her sexual orientation to the world. She began talking openly of her lesbianism on controversial radio and TV shows like Howard Stern, and became a champion for issues of the 90's like spousal abuse and AIDS.

The label that released Breaking Silence went under, but Janis Ian once again survived. She formed her own label as an independent artist, met the love of her life, bought a big, old rambling house and continued doing what she does best...writing great songs. Inbetween, she somehow became a brilliant guitarist, lauded by none other than Chet Atkins; turned into a prose writer of uncommon depth and humor as monthly columnist for both The Advocate and Performing Songwriter; began writing short stories (every single one published), culminating in the Stars anthology; released her autobiography to rave reviews, and fulfilled her lifelong dream of being a "sideman" by playing all the acoustic guitar parts on Angela Aki's album Life.

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1951 Born April 7th to Victor (a farmer who became a music teacher) and Pearl (a waitress who became a fundraiser)
1954 Asks for piano lessons
1961 Teaches self guitar
1963 Writes first song, "Hair of Spun Gold"
1965 Writes "Society's Child"
1966 Records "Society's Child" and first album, Janis Ian.
1967 Leonard Bernstein's Inside Pop-The Rock Revolution CBS TV Special showcases Janis and radio reverses its position on "Society's Child." Janis Ian album nominated for Grammy. Releases second album, ...For All the Seasons of Your Mind.
1968 Writes 5 songs used in Paul Leaf/Dustin Hoffman film Sunday Father; releases third album, The Secret Life of J. Eddy Fink.
1969 Scores film Four Rode Out starring Leslie Nielson, Pernell Roberts & Sue Lyon. Releases fourth album, Who Really Cares. Leaves music industry and moves to Philadelphia.
1971 Writes "Jesse" and "Stars."
1972 Moves to Los Angeles; writes the rest of her next album.
1973 Records Stars album.
1974 Roberta Flack makes "Jesse" a top ten hit; records Between the Lines, with "At Seventeen."
1975 First musical guest on NBC's premiere broadcast of Saturday Night Live; receives 5 Grammy nominations for Between the Lines (most for any female performer to that date). Wins two Grammys.
1976 Writes/records six songs for Mare Winningham Movie Of the Week Freedom; records Aftertones, which stays in top ten of Japanese charts for a year. "Love Is Blind" #1 on Japanese pop charts for six months; album highest selling female artist album in Japan history. Both records still unbroken. Aftertones is platinum in Japan; gold in the US, UK, Holland.
1977 Sings & writes theme for movie Betrayal / #1 on the charts in Japan & Europe; records Miracle Row. "Will You Dance" #1 in Japan for months.
1978 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Duet with Mel Torme, singing her song "Silly Habits."
1979 Records Night Rains. Sings "Fly Too High" on soundtrack of Jodie Foster movie Foxes; song becomes #1 record worldwide except the United States and Japan.
1980 Composes theme for the Chuck Connors/Glenn Ford film Virus.
1981 Records Restless Eyes; after record company shows their disinterest, leaves CBS and a 5-album, multi-million dollar contract. Moves back to Los Angeles, studies acting with Stella Adler, dance with Dora Krannig.
1983 Buys first computer, an IBM.
1986 Goes to Nashville and begins co-writing in earnest. Songs are covered by Kathy Mattea, Bette Midler, Amy Grant, Nanci Griffith, and a host of others.
1989 Organizes and headlines first AIDS benefit in Nashville.
1990 Co-chairs first Nashville AIDS-walk, with Minnie Pearl.
1991 Headlines first Pediatric AIDS benefit in the US.
1992 Contributes "Days Like These" to the soundtrack of John Mellencamp's movie Falling from Grace. After a 10 year silence, emerges with Breaking Silence; album is nominated for a Grammy.
1993 Forms Rude Girl Records and begins leasing the album masters she owns to affiliates worldwide as an independent artist.
1994 Becomes first "iconoclast" monthly columnist for The Advocate; also begins writing a monthly column for fledgling magazine Performing Songwriter.
1998 Holds first online auction (no, really) and raises $73,000 with her personal memorabilia to fund a Pearl Foundation scholarship in memory of her mother. The Foundation has raised close to a half-million dollars so far.
2000 Puts together the Stars anthology, a book of science fiction stories by all her favorite authors, based on her songs, co-edited with Mike Resnick and published by DAW/Penguin.
2004 Has biggest touring year since 1979; nine countries, over 250 dates. Vows to slow down.
2008 Releases Society's Child: My Autobiography on Tarcher/Penguin. Simultaneously releases Best of Janis Ian two-CD set.
2010 Receives Berklee College of Music's first Liberal Arts award, "Janis Ian - an artist for all time."
2012 Releases audio book of Society's Child: My Autobiography. Lectures at NASA's Goddard Space Center.
2013 Releases first children's book, The Tiny Mouse, in collaboration with Ingrid & Dieter Schubert.
2013 Grammy Award for Society's Child: My Autobiography Best Spoken Word
2013 Audie Award for "Best Narration by Author" for same.
2015 Appears as an actress on television for the first time in HBO's final episode of Getting On, co-starring Laurie Metcalf, Rita Moreno, Niecy Nash and Alex Borstein.
2016 Grammy Nomination for the self-produced audiobook Patience & Sarah, co-narrated by actress Jean Smart. Now has 10 Grammy Nominations in 8 different categories.
2017 The Pearl Foundation hits one million dollars in scholarship funds donated for returning students.

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I wasn't born in New York. I'm not even from New York. I just lived in New York. People who weren't born and raised in New York never say they're from New York. Only people who wish they had been say that. I was born in a Bronx hospital (because it was near my grandmother's apartment). My mom and dad took me, along with my grandmother, back to our South New Jersey farm the next morning.

I changed my name because I wanted a name of my own. I did that when I was thirteen. My family name was just something they handed us when my grandparents hit Ellis Island. I thought picking my kid brother's middle name had more to do with me than that!

I did not graduate from New York's High School of Music & Art. I attended classes there for six months, until the principal asked me to leave. I find it stunningly ironic that they now claim me as a "success story."

My birthday is April 7th, 1951. (Billie Holiday's was April 7th, 1915. I've always taken comfort in that.) I don't know why May 7th keeps floating around the Web.

I have a 10th grade education, but I did get a GED to make my mom happy years later. She thought I was going to college with it. I didn't go to college. I don't play well with others....

I did turn down Woodstock – though it's possible I was there and just can't remember. I also turned down The Graduate. If you want reassurance that you can survive your own bad judgment, read my article "Monumental Mistakes"

Vance Gilbert is not my son by Jimi Hendrix. Or by Richie Havens. "Society's Child" was not written about Vance. Although it's a much more interesting story that way, I must admit.

Yes, I knew Jimi. Yes, I knew "the other Janis." I knew a lot of famous dead people. I don't really like talking about them, though.

The woman who thinks "Jesse" is about a stalker is really, really wrong.

I was, along with Billy Preston, the first performer to sing on Saturday Night Live. There was this Jim guy playing with puppets behind a papier mache wall, and all I could think was "Good gosh, what have I gotten myself into?!"

When I run with scissors, it's usually with the intention of sticking them in someone's neck.

I've lived in Nashville, Tennessee full time since 1988. It's a kinder, gentler life.

I would rather stay home and write than be on the road. It's not that I don't love performing – I do. I just hate the travel, and the time it takes away from writing.

I'm 4'10". People always say "I didn't know you were so short!" Please don't tell me that. I already know it.

Tina Fey named one of her characters "Janis Ian" in her film Mean Girls. I thought it was kind of cool, even though the character is not as tall as I am.

It floats around on line that I was married a whole mess of times. That's not true. I married Tino Sargo in 1978 and divorced him five years later. I've been with my partner Patricia since 1989; we were married in Toronto, Canada in 2003. Just those two. Honest.

My secret dream? To stay home and write full time without spending most of my days doing business.

My second secret dream? To be a famous acoustic guitarist and get to play on everyone's records.

I'm too busy, too much of the time. If I had time and space for hobbies, I'd be a part-time archaeologist, cook, gardener, veterinarian, space jockey. But at the moment, I only have time to be Janis Ian.

I'm really uncomfortable when people bring me expensive gifts (though I would make an exception for a beach house or country estate!!) I read a lot, mostly science fiction and historical fiction. I live for used bookstores. If you want to make me happy, bring me a book.

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Four Rode Out (1967) starring Sue Lyons & Pernell Roberts; title, score + 4 songs.
Sunday Father (1968) dir. by Paul Leaf, starring Dustin Hoffman; title & score + 6 songs.
Goodbye Mama Japanese TV show features "Love Is Blind" and runs for 5 years
Kishibe No Album Japanese TV features "Will You Dance" and runs for 5 years.
The Bell Jar (1978) starring Julie Harris; title + theme: "Here Comes the Night."
Betrayal (1979) title, theme, 2 additional songs.
Foxes (1979) directed by Adrian Lyme, starring Jodie Foster; title "Fly Too High" (with Giorgio Moroder).
Virus (1980) title "When the Rainbow's Gone" and theme "You Are Love" (with Teo Macero).
Freedom (1981) ABC TV Movie Of the Week starring Mare Winningham; theme, title + six songs.
Murder She Wrote (1988) two songs "Charm the Skin Off A Snake" & "Lucky."
Falling From Grace (1990) directed by John Mellencamp; "Days Like These."
Kishenobo (weekly Japanese television drama) (1998/1999) theme song
Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999) top "At Seventeen"
Desert Blue (1999) end title "Sweet Misery"
The Monkey's Mask (1999) "Fly Too High" remix
The Little Photographer (1999) "Society's Child"
Warrior (2004) "Night Rains"
Plastic (2006) "Matthew"
Tru Loved (2007) "Tenderness"
Nothing Special (2010) "Days Like These"

Okay, we stopped keeping track at some point, this is just what we remember....

A few television shows that have used Janis' work:
30 Rock
America's Most Wanted ("Breaking Silence")
American Idol
All My Children ("The Last Comeback" and "Hunger")
Dawson's Creek ("Days Like These" and "Getting Over You")
Desperate Housewives
Entertainment Tonight ("At 17")
Freedom Sings ("Society's Child")
Get Real ("On the Other Side")
General Hospital ("When Angels Cry" featured in six seperate episodes)
Roseanne("god & the fbi")
The View ("Society's Child")
Tracy Ullman
The Simpsons
The Grammy Nominations Special (Celine Dion singing "At Seventeen")
Two Guys & A Girl

Commercials/PSA's (singer and/or writer):
Coca-Cola "It's The Real Thing" campaign
AT&T "Reach Out & Touch Someone" campaign
Budweiser Light (first radio campaign)
McDonald's (first Egg McMuffin campaign)
Nescafe Coffee (theme song)
The Farm Sanctuary (PSA spot "Mockingbird")
Second Harvest Food Bank (PSA spot "The Great Divide")
The Navy/Department of Defense (PSA spot for families of MIA's, "Jesse")
Fujifilm, JT Products, Ubacha Tea Japan (theme songs)

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A partial list of people who've recorded Janis' songs (some of these may surprise you!).
*If you know of other significant recordings, please send us an email!

Angela Aki
Elisabeth Andreasson
Jann Arden
Chet Atkins
Charles Aznavour
Joan Baez
Suzi Beatty
Glen Campbell
Cynthia Clawson
Barbara Cook
Charlie Daniels
Holly Dunn
Sheena Easton
Roberta Flack
Ronnie Gilbert
Amy Grant
Lee Greenwood
Nanci Griffith

Etta James
Michael Johnson
Marti Jones
John Klemmer
Ute Lemper
Eddie Marnay
Hugh Masakela
Kathy Mattea
John Mellencamp
Bette Midler
Buddy Mondlock
Nana Mouskouri
Nick Mundy
Holly Near
Maura O'Connell
Maria Ortiz
Michele Pilar
Puff Daddy

Katja Riemann
Judy Rodman
Diane Schuur
Marilyn Sellars
Nina Simone
Spooky Tooth
Dusty Springfield
Jeff Steves & the Bullets
Russ Taff
Mel Tormé
Conny v.d. Bos
Vanilla Fudge
Dottie West
Cheryl Wheeler
Mare Winningham
Phil Woods
Michelle Wright

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Kirkus Reviews Review

The Tiny Mouse
Review From Kirkus Reviews
September 1, 2013

The London Times Logo

Live Review From The London Times
November 8, 2011

USA Today Review

Interview From USA Today
July 25, 2008

Oprah Magazine Review

Review From O Magazine
June 8, 2008

ALA Booklist Review

Review From ALA Booklist
June 1, 2008

Record Collector Article

Article From Record Collector

Kirkus Reviews Review

Review From Kirkus Reviews
May 18, 2008

People Review

Review From People
July 28, 2008

Toronto Star Review

Review From Toronto Star
March 23, 2006

Publishers Weekly Review

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June 8, 2008

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NPR Online Review

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July 23, 2008

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April 2010

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Janis Ian Biography

Janis Ian Biography

Janis Ian Timeline

Janis Ian Timeline

Society's Child Press Release

Society's Child Press Release

Quotes from other authors

Quotes from other authors

2016 Grammy Nomination (with Jean Smart) for Patience & Sarah Best Spoken Word
2016 Audiofile Magazine "Earphones Award" (with Jean Smart) for Patience & Sarah
2015 Audie nomination The Singer and the Song - Best Inspirational/Faith-Based Non-Fiction. Narrated and sung by Janis Ian; Audible, Inc.
2015 Audie nomination Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian for Best Multi-Voiced Performance. Janis Ian, Mike Resnick (editors); Narrated by Janis Ian, Emily Rankin, Gabrielle du Cuir, John Rubinstein, Kathe Mazur, Kristoffer Tabori, Paul Boehmer, Sile Bermingham, Stefan Rudnicki and Susan Hanfield; Audible, Inc.
2015 Audie nomination Dangerous Women, ed. by George R R Martin & Gardner Dozois, for Best Short Stories/Collections. Narrated by Claudia Black, Scott Brick, Karen Dotrice, Jonathan Frakes, Iain Glen, Janis Ian, Stana Katic, Inna Korobkina, Jenna Lamia, Lee Meriwether, Emily Rankin, Maggi-Meg Reed, Fred Sanders, Allan Scott-Douglas, Sophie Turner, Harriet Walter, Jake Weber; Penguin Random House Audio
2014 Audie Award nomination as actress for her part in Ender's Game Alive.
2014 Booklist names Society's Child: My Autobiography one of their top ten audio biographies
2013 Audiofile Magazine "Earphones Award" for The Singer & the Song: An Autobiography of the Spirit; the life and work of Medical Mission Sister Miriam Therese Winter, narrated and sung by Janis Ian
2013 Audie Award for Society's Child: My Autobiography Best Narration by an Author *Audible.com's first Grammy
2013 Grammy Award for Society's Child: My Autobiography Best Spoken Word
2013 Kirkus Reviews named The Tiny Mouse (Janis' first children’s book) one of their "Best Books of the Year"
2013 School Library Journal and Publisher's Weekly both recommend The Tiny Mouse
2013 Convocation Speaker, Warren Wilson College graduation
2011 Rhysling Awards nominee for "Welcome Back (The Nebulas Song)"
2010 Berklee College of Music Honored by Berklee College of Music as "An Artist For All Times" with their first Liberal Arts award
2009 Nebula Awards toastmistress
2009 JPF Music Award: best political song "Dange Danger"
2009 JPF Music Award: best new folk song "Shadows On the Wind"
2009 JPF Music Award: Best New Folk Album "Folk Is the New Black"
2009 JPF Founder's Award: Live Artist of the Year
2008 Grammy Hall of Fame "At Seventeen" elected to Grammy Hall of Fame
2008 JPF Music Award: Best Celtic Song "Mary's Eyes"
2008 Dove Awards: "Love Will Be Enough" (Janis Ian/Paul Overstreet)
nominated Best Bluegrass Recorded Song, by Ricky Skaggs & the Whites
2007 New York State Senate Honored for civil rights work
2006 JPF Music Award: Songwriter of the Year
2002 Grammy Hall of Fame "Society's Child" elected to Grammy Hall of Fame
1998 Human Rights Campaign Fund, Nashville (HRC) for efforts on behalf of gay rights, and AIDs work.
1998 "The Center" Women's Center of Los Angeles Honored for "creative excellence and integrity"; award presented by friend Kathy Bates.
1998 MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Honored for "extraordinary
1996 Middle Tennessee University for a "lifetime of commitment to education and diversity in the arts".
1995 Elton John Foundation and NGLTF (HRC) for AIDs work (headlined first AIDs benefit in NY, first AIDs benefit in Nashville, first pediatric AIDs benefit nationwide).
1994 Queen Beatrice of Holland Honored for "extraordinary artistic contributions"
1993 Grammy Nomination: "Best Folk Performance- Breaking Silence"
1983 LSU, California for artistic contributions.
1981 Grammy Nomination: "Best Children's Recording - Sesame Street: In House" for "Ginny the Flying Girl."
1978 Grammy nomination: "Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group - Silly Habits" with Mel Torme, from the album Mel Torme & Friends.
1975 Grammy Awards: "Best pop female vocalist- At Seventeen" and "Best engineered recording- Between the Lines"
1975 Grammy nominations: "Album of the Year -Between the Lines", "Song of the Year - At Seventeen", and "Record of the Year – At Seventeen".
1966 Grammy nomination: "Best Folk Performance- Janis Ian".
ASCAP Awards "Jesse" and "At Seventen"

Janis Ian (I)

recorded 1966, released March 1967 (Verve/Forecast)

Society's Child (Baby, I've Been Thinking)
(Too Old To) Go 'Way Little Girl
Hair Of Spun Gold
Then Tangles Of My Mind
I'll Give You A Stone If You'll Throw It (Changing Tymes)
Younger Generation Blues
New Christ Cardiac Hero
Lover Be Kindly
Mrs. McKenzie
Janey's Blues

A Song for All the Seasons of Your Mind:

recorded 1967, released 1968 (Verve/Forecast)

A Song For All The Seasons Of Your Mind
Honey D'Ya Think?
And I Did Ma
Queen Merka & Me
There Are Times
Lonely One
Sunflakes Fall, Snowrays Call
Evening Star
Shady Acres
Insanity Comes Quietly To The Structured Mind

The Secret Life of J. Eddy Fink:

recorded 1968, released August 1968 (Verve/Forecast)

Everybody Knows
Mistaken Identity
Friends Again
42nd St. Psycho Blues
She's Made Of Porcelain
Sweet Misery
When I Was A Child
What Do You Think Of The Dead?
Look To The Rain
Son Of Love
Baby's Blue

Who Really Cares:

recorded early-late spring 1969, released late 1969 (Verve/Forecast)

Time On My Hands
Love You More Than Yesterday
Orphan Of The Wind
Sea And Sand
Do You Remember? (Sing It Again)
Month of May
Calling Your Name

Present Company:

recorded summer 1970, released February 1971 (Capitol)

The Seaside
Present Company
See My Grammy Ride
Here In Spain
On The Train
He's a Rainbow
Weary Lady
Nature's At Peace
See the River
Let It Run Free
My Land
Hello Jerry
Can You Reach Me
The Sunlight

Stars – 1974:

recorded summer 1973, released February 1974 (Columbia)

The Man You Are In Me
Sweet Sympathy
Page 9
Dance With Me
Without You
You've Got Me On A String
Applause Applause

Between the Lines:

recorded summer 1974, released February 1975 (Columbia)

When the Party's Over
At Seventeen
From Me To You
Bright Lights & Promises
In the Winter
Between the Lines
The Come On
Light A Light
Tea & Sympathy
Lover's Lullabye


recorded late 1975, released 1976 (Columbia)

I Would Like To Dance
Love Is Blind
Belle of the Blues
Goodbye To Morning
Boy I Really Tied One On
This Must Be Wrong
Don't Cry, Old Man

Miracle Row:

recorded late 1976, released January 1977 (Columbia)

Party Lights
I Want to Make You Love Me
Sunset Of Your Life
Take To the Sky
Let Me Be Lonely
Slow Dance Romance
Will You Dance?
I'll Cry Tonight
Miracle Row

Janis Ian II:

recorded 1977, released 1978 (Columbia)

The Grand Illusion
Some People
Tonight Will Last Forever
Hotels & One Night Stands
Do You Wanna Dance?
Silly Habits
The Bridge
My Mama's House
Street Life Serenaders
I Need To Live Alone Again
Hopper Painting
Silly Habits

Remember: Live In Concert Australia & Japan

recorded on tour 1977; released 1977 & 1978 Japan & Australia only

(Remember) Side One:

When the Party's Over
From Me To You
New York in the Springtime
In the Winter
Applause Applause
Party Lights
I Want to Make You Love Me
Hotels & One Night Stands
Love is Blind

(Remember) Side Two:

Miracle Row
Let Me Be Lonely
Boy I Really Tied One On
Slow Dance Romance
Take to the Sky
At Seventeen
Will You Dance?
I Would Like to Dance
Bright Lights & Promises

Night Rains:

recorded late 1978-early 1979, released 1979 (Columbia)

The Other Side of the Sun
Fly Too High
Night Rains
Here Comes the Night
Day By Day
Have Mercy, Love
Lay Low

Restless Eyes:

recorded late 1980, released 1981 (Columbia)

Under the Covers
I Remember Yesterday
I Believe I'm Myself Again
Restless Eyes
Get Ready to Roll
Passion Play
Down & Away
Bigger Than Real
Dear Billy
Sugar Mountain

Uncle Wonderful:

recorded through 1983, released Australia only 1984

Just A Girl
Uncle Wonderful
Why Can't You & I?
Trigger Happy Love
Heart Skip Too Many Beats
Body Slave
Hit You With the Guilt
Sniper Of the Heart
This Night
Mechanical Telephone

Breaking Silence:

recorded 1992, released U.S. 1993 (Morgan Creek)

All Roads To the River
Ride Me Like A Wave
Guess You Had to Be There
What About the Love
His Hands
Walking On Sacred Ground
This Train Still Runs
Through the Years
This House
Some People's Lives
Breaking Silence


recorded 1994, released 1995 (Beacon)

Ready For the War
Take No Prisoners
No One Else Like You
When the Silence Falls
Take Me Walking In the Rain
Stolen Fire
The Mission
When Angels Cry

Simon Renshaw Presents: Janis Ian Shares Your Pain (Parody)

recorded late 1994; digital release only for the Pearl Foundation

Of note: A take-off, using the tracks from Revenge with new lyrics.

Take No Kissingers
No On Else Likes You
When Simon Calls
Take Me Walking in Bahrain
Stolen Tires


recorded spring 1997, released September 1997 (Windham Hill)

Black & White
On the Dark Side of Town
Might As Well Be Monday
Getting Over You
Searching For America
Welcome to Acousticville
Honor Them All
House Without A Heart
Getting Over You (w/ strings)

Unreleased 1: Mary's Eyes

Released 1998 for the Pearl Foundation (Rude Girl Records, Inc.)

Cosmopolitan Girl
Do Wrong, Do Right
Forever Young
La Cienega Boulevard
Lone Ranger Days
Make A Man of You
Mary's Eyes
On the Way to Me
Paris In Your Eyes
Roses For the Damned
Tune That In
Morning Alone After Blues
Way of the Land
We Endure

god & the fbi:

recorded March-June, mixed Aug 1999; released March 2000

god & the fbi
On the Other Side
Memphis (with Willie Nelson)
When You Love Someone
Play Like A Girl
Days Like These
Boots Like Emmy Lou's
She Must Be Beautiful
The Last Comeback
Murdering Stravinsky

Unreleased 2: Take No Prisoners

Released 2000 for the Pearl Foundation

Arms Around My Life
As Far As Lonely Goes
Black Crow Flying
Childhood Hero
Don't Rush the River
Everything Was Beautiful
Here In the City
Marion Among the Roses
Nightmare Mountain
Still Waiting For Love
Take No Prisoners
The Old Man's Shoes
You Don't Know My Heart
You're Too Late

Unreleased 3: Society's Child

Released 2001 for the Pearl Foundation

After the Rain
Bayonne Blues
Blood Red Rose
Breeze On Through
Caleb Brown
Counting Up the Years
Every Love
Forever Blue
Halfway In Love
Heaven Knows
If We Had Wings
Never Laid A Hand On Your Heart
Old Photographs
One Mississippi
Rate My Music
Ride Me Like A Wave – Wet Mix
Society's Child
This Old Town
Wherever Good Dreams Go

Janis Ian Live: Working Without A Net

Assembled winter 2002-2003; released October 2003

Of note: Taken completely from DATs and minidiscs, no editing.

This Train Still Runs
Society's Child
At Seventeen
Fly Too High
Cosmopolitan Girl
Between The Lines
Take Me Walking In The Rain
Take No Prisoners
Breaking Silence
Paris In Your Eyes
Ride Me Like A Wave
Silly Habits
Love Is Blind
Will You Dance
In The Winter
Honor Them All
Boots Like Emmy Lou's
Days Like These
These Boots Were Made For Walking

Billie's Bones

recorded summer 2003; released February 2004

Billie's Bones
My Tennessee Hills (with Dolly Parton)
Paris In Your Eyes
Marching On Glasgow
I Hear You Sing Again
Forever Young
Dead Men Walking
Save Somebody
Mary's Eyes
When I Lay Down

Folk Is the New Black

Recorded summer 2005; released February 2006

Danger, Danger
The Great Divide
Life Is Never Wrong
Jackie Skates
All Those Promises
Standing in the Shadows of Love
The Drowning Man
Crocodile Song
The Last Train
My Autobiography
Home Is the Heart
Shadows On the Wind
Haven't I Got Eyes
Folk Is the New Black

Best of Janis Ian: The Autobiography Collection

Released July 2008 Rude Girl Records; released later by Sony North America as “The Essential Janis Ian”

Hair of Spun Gold (record)
God & the FBI
Silly Habits live
Society's Child
Haven't I Got Eyes
This Train Still Runs
At 17 - Album
Love Is Blind
Fly Too High live
Arms Around My Life
His Hands
When Angels Cry
My Tennessee Hills
Every Love
Some People's Lives
Stolen Fire
Days Like These
Through the Years
I Hear You Sing Again
My Autobiography
Hair of Spun Gold Work Tape
I Long For You
Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
Today You're Mine
At 17- single version

Strictly Solo

Recorded & assembled December 2013 to benefit the Pearl Foundation; live touring & online sales only (Rude Girl Records)

Searching for America
Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye
Society's Child
From Me To You
At Seventeen
Through the Years
When the Party's Over
Married in London
Bright Lights & Promises
Tea & Sympathy
This Old Town
I Hear You Sing Again
A Candle For the Flame
I'm Still Standing
I Am the One

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