Best Janis Ian Album On Earth

Ian's career has traced a fascinating trajectory, following its course into different spheres with the boundless energy of a comet and possessing the same fiery, irresistible force. She began as a songwriting prodigy, penning at the age of thirteen a song that bravely challenged attitudes to inter-racial coupling entitled Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking), in which two lovers are forced to abanon their relationship owing to the pressures of a bigoted world. While this intense song was banned in many places, a similarly intense and closely observed song entitled At Seventeen, an anthem for any less-than-perfect teenage specimen for whom life is not a string of relationships and parties, earned her a Grammy Award in 1975. The quality remained high but the hits dried up during the 80s and Ian elected to release without a label for many years, preferring to follow her own star rather than try to second guess what label bosses were looking for. She surprised fans again in the 21st century when she began writing and editing science fiction literature.

Followers: Tracy Chapman, Amy Grant, Phoebe Snow

Influenced By: Joan Baez, Odetta, Edith Piaf, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins

Music, People, Folk

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