Janis Ian for Life Magazine

Artwork
Medium:
Photographic Print
Date:
1967
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 14" Width: 11"
Description:
A black and white photo of Janis Ian standing in a hall beside a window that is to right. She is wearing a striped collared shirt and is holding something up to her nose and smelling it while looking into the camera with a smile on her face. She has a bag over her shoulder. Behind them in the hallway against the wall on the left is a framed picture sitting on the ground.
Historical Context:
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.