Janis Ian for Life Magazine
A black and white photo of a woman on the right sitting at a piano keyboard leaning back, smiling into the camera and holding the hand of someone on the left who is also sitting at a piano leaning down to have his head touching her head. The woman no the left is wearing a striped collared shirt and sunglasses and the man on the left is wearing a suit and tie and glasses. Behind them is a piano of sorts, but is partially out of the image.
Janis Ian entered the public eye as a teenager as a folk singer in the 1960s, her first hit single “Society’s Child (Baby I’ve Been Thinking)”, was written and recorded when she was 14. She grew up on a farm in New Jersey and began learning how to play instruments at age 2. Being so young and singing about controversial topics at the time like as interracial relationships, Ian faced a lot of resistance. Radio stations refused to play her songs and she has reported in her autobiography later that she received a lot of hate mail and death threats in these years. Her popularity was mainly within the 60’s and 70’s, but Ian continues to create and perform throughout the US and UK. She also is a columnist, regularly published with an LGBT news magazine The Advocate, and is a published short story science fiction author.