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Album Review

This 14-track collection from Columbia spotlights singer/songwriter Janis Ian's biggest chart hits: "Society's Child" from 1967, and "At Seventeen," released eight years later. Although it's far from a perfect retrospective, it's still a nice sampler of items spanning five decades. For a more thorough trip through Ian's catalog, pick up the two-disc set The Essential Janis Ian on Rude Girl/Columbia Legacy.


Born: April 7, 1951 in New York, NY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A singer/songwriter both celebrated and decried for her pointed handling of taboo topics, Janis Ian enjoyed one of the more remarkable second acts in music history. After first finding success as a teen, her career slumped, only to enter a commercial resurgence almost a decade later. Janis Eddy Fink was born on May 7, 1951, in New York City. The child of a music teacher, she studied piano as a child and, drawing influence from Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, and Odetta, wrote her first songs at the age...
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