Janis Ian On Mountain Stage

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Janis Ian begins her fifth appearance on Mountain Stage with a recitation from her autobiography, named after a hit song she wrote when she was 14: "Society's Child." As you'll hear in her introduction, the song was received "loudly," because the girl at the center of the song enters into a relationship with a person of another race.

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Though she jokes about being a has-been by the age of 17, Ian has evolved as an artist and humanitarian and continues to make records today. Her first career-spanning retrospective, Best of Janis Ian: The Autobiography Collection, was released earlier this year as a companion to the book.

This segment originally ran Oct. 27, 2008.



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