Janis Ian seems tougher than most. For those unfamiliar with her life or music, here are a few facts. She released her first single, Society’s Child, in 1966 when she was just fifteen. Telling a story of interracial love, it would prove to be one of the most controversial singles America ever had to deal with – DJs were sacked, and a radio station was burned to the ground for playing it. In 1975 ‘At Seventeen’, the song for which she’s most known, sold well over a million copies… Her private life has been no quieter – she suffered a nervous breakdown and attempted suicide in the sixties, married a violent man who she subsequently divorced in the seventies, declared bankruptcy after a former manager failed to pay her taxes in the eighties, and married her partner since 1989, Patricia Snyder, in Canada in 2003.
Read the full interview by Nicola Tann on Diva magazine’s website.