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Janis Ian: Behind Her Songs And Life

Don't try to pick up Janis Ian's new autobiography unless you've got some time. Her stories are gripping and sometimes shocking, including the time her drunken ex-husband held a gun to her head all night after striking her.

In the interview, I wasn't quite sure how to bring up such a harsh history. But when Ian arrived she was so relaxed that I felt comfortable asking her about the stories in Society's Child: My Autobiography. After hearing this conversation I think you'll feel that you met Janis Ian, too, and you may feel more comfortable talking about your secrets.

More About Janis Ian

Nominated for a Grammy by the time she was 16, singer-songwriter Janis Ian also earned a permanent place in the American musical and cultural consciousness with "At Seventeen," the quintessential song for the awkward teenage years. Still writing exciting music 40 years later, she has captured her amazing journey in a new book, Society's Child: My Autobiography. Each chapter is named after a different song, all of which are in turn brought together on Best of Janis Ian: The Autobiography Collection, a two-CD set of her remastered hits.

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Jim Blum
Jim Blum has been sharing his love of folk music as a radio host on WKSU-FM for more than 25 years and, since 2003, also on Blum graduated with a B.A. from Kent State University, played bass in a bluegrass and swing band and used to be a landscaper. As host and music programmer for Folk Alley and WKSU's weekend folk music, Blum has nearly three decades of experience broadcasting to a folk community that is now, thanks to the Internet, global in scope. His broadcasts include his own mix of musical influences featuring classic folk heroes, acoustic instrumentals, world rhythms, contemporary singer/songwriters, Americana, bluegrass and other roots-based sounds. He also acts as a valuable resource for area venue owners and concert coordinators as well as holding the position of artistic director for the Kent State Folk Festival, the nation's second oldest folk fest held on a college campus.
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