Back up, though, because while Ian was just 24 and it seems to serve an overnight sensation narrative, she had been famous well before And this is where things get strange. Her first big hit — No. Exactly where she was after the Cosby smear job. Would you be terribly surprised to learn that the next bit of weirdness involves convicted sexual offender Bill Cosby?
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I've partnered with Hogan Made, a small Tampa-based business that's offered to create T-shirts, masks, pillows, and whatever else we can come up with, using quotes from my songs and prose. Nobody's getting rich here! My hope at first was to help my friends , but it's turned into a way of reminding people that you don't have to be a "professional" to make music. You just have to have a willing heart. It's also available on YouTube.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Janis Ian is a singer and songwriter whose career has gone through three distinct stages. Ian had an initial burst of fame as a teenager with a precocious gift for social and political commentary, as documented on her self-titled debut album and its hit single "Society's Child. In , after ten years away from the spotlight, Ian re-emerged as an independent artist whose comeback album, Breaking Silence , fused a mature viewpoint on the world around her to an urgent and confident lyrical voice. In each stage of her career, Ian 's lyrics were literate and emotionally honest, even at the age of 14 when she penned "Society's Child" , and her vocals have a warmth that reflects strength and vulnerability with equal eloquence. Ian 's father Victor was a chicken farmer who later became a music teacher, while her mother Pearl was a waitress who would go on to a career in academic fundraising; they also ran a summer camp in the Garden State. The Finks were also political activists who supported a number of progressive causes, which led to the F. Growing up, Ian was fond of the music of Joan Baez and Odetta , often played in the house, and she started playing music at a very early age. She wasn't yet four years old when she told her parents she wanted to play piano, and at ten she had taught herself to play guitar; in time, she would also become proficient on organ, banjo, harmonica, and French horn. In , Ian wrote her first song, "Hair of Spun Gold," which was published in the noted folk music journal Broadside. Soon she was making the rounds of New York folk clubs and writing lyrics while riding the bus home from school.