This article is about the singer. At Seventeen”, was released as a single from her 1975 album Between the Lines which reached number 1 secret life american teenager lyrics the Billboard chart.
Born in 1951 in New York, Ian entered the American folk music scene while still a teenager in the mid-1960s. Most active musically in that decade and the 1970s, she has continued recording into the 21st century. Ian is also a columnist and science fiction author. As a child, Ian admired the work of folk pioneers such as Joan Baez and Odetta.
Ian, by the time she entered her teens, was playing the organ, harmonica, French horn and guitar. The song’s theme of interracial relationships was considered taboo by some radio stations, who withdrew or banned it from their playlists accordingly. In her 2008 autobiography Society’s Child, Ian recalls receiving hate mail and death threats as a response to the song and mentions that a radio station in Atlanta that played it was burned down. At age 16, Ian met comedian Bill Cosby backstage at a Smothers Brothers show where she was promoting Society’s Child.
Since Ian was underage, she was accompanied by a chaperone while touring. Ian relates on her website that, although the song was originally intended for Atlantic Records and the label paid for her recording session, Atlantic subsequently returned the master to her and quietly refused to release it. Society’s Child” stigmatized Ian as a one-hit wonder until her most successful US single, “At Seventeen”, was released in 1975. At Seventeen” is a bittersweet commentary on adolescent cruelty, the illusion of popularity and teenage angst, from the perspective of a narrator looking back on her earlier experience. Giorgio Moroder, was Ian’s contribution to the soundtrack of the Jodie Foster film Foxes and was also featured on Ian’s 1979 album Night Rains. Ian started “Rude Girl Records, Inc.
From 1992 to the present, RGR has steadily grown, with its current ownership of Janis Ian masters up to twenty albums and DVD’s overseas, and a slightly smaller number in North America. The Rude Girl label oversees the production of Janis’ newer work, and in the case of older work, its re-mastering and the re-creation of the original artwork. 92, Ian continued to write songs, often in collaboration with then-songwriting partner Kye Fleming, which have been covered by Amy Grant, Bette Midler, Marti Jones and other artists. She released Breaking Silence in 1993 and also came out as a lesbian.