Janis Ian at Davis-Kidd 

Her anthems of teen angst made Janis Ian famous, but the melodrama of "Society's Child" and "At Seventeen" pales in comparison to her own turbulent life. Born to socialist parents during the height of the McCarthy Era, Ian was a songwriting prodigy whose music brought her stardom and controversy when she was still a teenager. Her 40-year career has suffered more than its share of setbacks and disputes, and her personal history includes a violent marriage and a prolonged illness. She recounts it all in Society's Child: My Autobiography, which tells her often-grim story with honesty and skill. Ian settled in Nashville 20 years ago and found both artistic renewal and a loving partner in her adopted city, giving her survivor's story a happy ending that locals will especially appreciate. Ian will speak and sign Society's Child.
Thu., March 5, 7 p.m., 2009

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