Society's Child: My Autobiography: Narrated by Janis Ian - Audiobook Digital Download
Grammy winner Audie winner
"Her mesmerizing memoir transports us back in time with both words and music. Each chapter begins with an evocative lyric, and in this audio, read and sung by Ian, listeners are thrust into the moment."
– Booklist featured review
In the works for more than three years, noted director Stefan Rudnicki and Janis teamed up for this project, the first of many. Says Janis, "It's a completely different world than recording music - harder in some ways, easier in others. But it's a thrill to know that the book is finally available in this format!!"
Much to everyone's surprise, after a slow start (and brilliant reviews), the audiobook went on to win a Grammy for "Best Spoken Word". Other nominees were First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and television hosts Rachel Maddow and Ellen Degeneres. The list of nominees prompted Janis to begin her acceptance speech by saying "There's a joke in here somewhere... an ex-president, the First lady, and three lesbians walk into a bar...."
12:10 hours of listening time
"... A fascinating memoir... a relentllessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life." Amazon editorial review
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"I was born into the crack that split America.
"On one side of the chasm was the America my parents lived in. There, the country was still congratulating itself on winning the war after the War to End All Wars. Men wore suits and ties to work, or laborer’s uniforms. Women wore stiletto heels, and kept themselves pure for marriage. Females did the housework, males did the heavy lifting. Blacks knew their place, whites knew theirs, and there wasn’t much room between.
"On the other side of the crack was the America I grew up in, bounded by anarchy and a passion for truth. In that America, all wars were meaningless, born out of governmental greed and disregard. Vietnam was just the latest in a series of events to help the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. People on my side of the crack ....."
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The story of a lifetime...Janis Ian's long awaited autobiography spans over a half century or music and change. From her earliest shows of protest in the sixties to today, Society's Child tells a tale of love, of loneliness, of music and hope. It's a must read. for any fan, and a really good read for the rest.
PRESS REVIEWS FOR "SOCIETY'S CHILD - MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY"
"At 15 she was already breaking all the rules. In an era-the mid-1960s-when people of her parents' generation didn't speak about "ugly things" like interracial romance, prostitution, and war, Janis Ian was opening her big mouth and getting hounded offstage for singing her taboo-busting lyrics.
Society's Child (Tarcher/Penguin) 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 Magazine ™
“Fans will love the book, of course, but many nonfans, too, should find this painfully candid memoir hard to put down.” — Booklist, starred review
"Ian is a natural prose stylist with a real knack for pacing and the telling detail. What might have been a dreary catalog of woe is instead a juicily entertaining look at an unusual life in show business." — Kirkus Reviews
"Fans will appreciate the candor with which Ian discusses these hardships and her gradual path to happiness…" — Publishers Weekly