Janis Ian ties the bow on a long, prolific career as a singer-songwriter : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN In this session, Janis Ian joins World Cafe for a conversation about her career, her creativity and her first new album of new material in 15 years

Janis Ian ties the bow on a long, prolific career as a singer-songwriter

Janis Ian On World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Better Times Will Come"
  • "Resist"
  • "At Seventeen"
  • "I'm Still Standing"

Janis Ian recently released her final album — her first album of new material in 15 years. It's called The Light At the End of the Line and with it, she ties the bow on a long, prolific career as a singer-songwriter that began when she was just 14 years old.

Janis Ian is a one-of-a-kind songwriter. Just like her music, she's honest, incisive and fearless. She's also very funny, and exudes the sort of confidence that comes from a lifetime of breaking down barriers and speaking her mind – even when the powers-that-be tried to keep her quiet.

In this session, she joins me for a conversation about her career, her creativity and The Light At the End of the Line. Hear the complete interview in the audio player, and watch her performance in the NPR Live Sessions video above.


Editor's note: Some of the language and discussion in today's interview may not be appropriate for all listeners.

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