Janis Ian

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Janis Ian
Background information
Birth name Janis Eddy Fink
Born April 7, 1951 (1951-04-07) (age 63)
New York City, New York, United States
Genres Folk, Contemporary music
Occupations Musician, Songwriter, Author
Years active 1965–present
Labels Rude Girl Records
Columbia Records
Verve Records
Windham Hill Records
Website http://www.janisian.com/

Janis Ian (born Janis Eddy Fink, April 7, 1951) is an American songwriter, singer, musician, columnist, and science fiction writer.[1] She stated singing folk in the mid-sixties while she was still a teenager. She sang the most in thee 1960s and the 1970s, but she's still singing today. In 1975, Ian won a Grammy Award for her song, "At Seventeen".

Ian is openly lesbian and is married to a woman.[2]


Discography[change | change source]

Albums[change | change source]

  • Janis Ian (1967) #29 US (Verve) / (1978) (Columbia) / (Bonus Track) (2004) (Festival, Cooking Vinyl UK)
  • For All the Seasons of Your Mind (1967) #179 US (Verve)
  • The Secret Life of J. Eddy Fink (1968) (Verve)
  • Who Really Cares (1969) (Verve)
  • Present Company (1971) #223 US (Capitol)
  • Stars (1974) #83 US, #63 (Columbia) / (Bonus Track) (2004) (Festival, Cooking Vinyl)
  • Between the Lines (1975) #1 US, #22 Japan (Columbia, Festival) / (Bonus Track) (2004) (Festival, Cooking Vinyl UK)
  • Aftertones (1976) #12 US, #1 Japan (Columbia) / (Bonus Track) (2004) (Festival, Cooking Vinyl UK)
  • Miracle Row (1977) #45 US, #26 Japan (Columbia) / (Bonus Track) (2004) (Festival, Cooking Vinyl UK)
  • Night Rains (1979) (Columbia)
  • Restless Eyes (1981) #156 US (Columbia)
  • Uncle Wonderful (1983) (Festival) (Australia only)
  • Breaking Silence (1993) (Morgan Creek) / (Bonus Track) (2003) (Festival, Cooking Vinyl UK)
  • Simon Renshaw Presents: Janis Ian Shares Your Pain (1995) (not released until 12.09)
  • Revenge (1995) (Beacon)
  • Hunger (1997) (Windham Hill)
  • god & the fbi (2000) (Windham Hill) / (3 Bonus Tracks) (2000) (JVC Japan)
  • Lost Cuts 1 (2001) (Rude Girl)
  • Billie's Bones (2004) (Oh Boy, Rude Girl Cooking Vinyl US)s
  • Night Rains (Bonus Track) (2004) (Festival, Cooking Vinyl UK)
  • Billie's Bones (Bonus Track) (2004) (JVC Japan)
  • Folk is the New Black (2006) (Rude Girl) / (With DVD) (2006) (Evasound)
  • Revenge (Bonus Track) (2006) (Cooking Vinyl UK 2003) (WEA)

Compilation albums[change | change source]

  • Remember (1978) (JVC Japan)
  • The Best of Janis Ian (1980) (CBS)
  • My Favourites (1980) (CBS)
  • Stars/Night Rains (Double Album) (1987) (CBS)
  • At Seventeen (1990) (CBS)
  • Up 'Til Now (1992) (Sony)
  • Society's Child: The Verve Recordings (1995) (Polydor)
  • Live on the Test 1976 (1995) (BBC World Wide)
  • Unreleased 1: Mary's Eyes (1998) (Rude Girl)
  • The Bottom Line Encore Collection (1999) (Velvet)
  • The Best of Janis Ian (2002) (Festival)
  • Live: Working Without a Net (2003) (Rude Girl)
  • Souvenirs: Best of 1972-1981 (US CD) (2004) (Rude Girl) / (Japan CD) (2004) (JVC Japan) / (CD/DVD) (2006) (Evasound)
  • Unreleased 2: Take No Prisoners (2006) (Rude Girl)
  • Unreleased 3: Society's Child (2006) (Rude Girl)
  • Ultimate Best (2007) (JVC Victory)
  • Best of Janis Ian: Autobiography Collection (2008) (Rude Girl)
  • The Essential Janis Ian (2009)

Singles[change | change source]

Year Title U.S. U.S. U.S. A/C UK JAP
1967 "Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking)" 14 13
"Insanity Comes Quietly to the Structured Mind" 109 82
1974 "The Man You Are in Me" 104 33
1975 "When the Party's Over" 20
"At Seventeen" 3 1 1
"In the Winter" 97 21
1976 "Boy I Really Tied One On" 43
"I Would Like to Dance" 28
"Roses" 37
"Love Is Blind" 1
"Between the Lines" 90
1977 "Will You Dance?" 40
1978 "That Grand Illusion" 43
1979 "Fly Too High" 44
1980 "You Are Love" 10
"The Other Side of the Sun" 47 44
1981 "Under the Covers" 71

DVDs[change | change source]

  • Live at Club Cafe (2005) (Rude Girl)
  • Janismania (2005) (Rude Girl)
  • Through the Years: A Retrospective (2007) (Rude Girl)
  • Janis Ian '79: Live in Japan & Australia (2008) (Rude Girl)


References[change | change source]

  1. "Janis Ian: A Life in Song" (PDF). Janis Ian Website. 2006. Archived from the original on May 7, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070507222117/http://janisian.com/press/JanisIan2006Bio.pdf. Retrieved 2007-06-09.
  2. glbtq

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