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Janis Ian in Concert on Mountain Stage - 10/27/2008

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Janis Ian On Mountain Stage

Janis Ian On Mountain Stage

Janis Ian in Concert on Mountain Stage - 10/27/2008

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SET LIST

  • "Society's Child"
  • "Silly Habits"
  • "I Hear You Sing Again"
  • "At Seventeen"

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.

Janis Ian scored her biggest hit with the 1975 single "At Seventeen." Brian Blauser hide caption

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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.