Sunday, November 13, 2011

Janis Ian: At Seventeen

Janis Ian is touring Britain at the moment and is getting good reviews - this from the Edinburgh Evening News:
extraordinary that Janis Ian still sounds as remarkable today as she did back in the late 60s and early 70s. From the outset Ian has the audience captivated and they hang on her every word. 
Renowned as one of the great American songwriters, it would be an injustice not to add “storyteller” to that title. Almost every song of the evening is accompanied by an anecdote told with such heartfelt emotion, you might have been right there with her when it happened.
even if she has never heard of the Strathpeffer Pavilion.

So that is a good reason to choose her most famous song, which was a no. 1 in American in 1975. It doesn't seem to have been a hit at all over here, yet I remember it being widely played on the radio and this performance appears to have been taken from a Shirley Bassey show, which would have been in prime time in those days.

More about Janis Ian on her own website.


Janis Ian said...

Thanks! Strathpeffer, by the way, is absolutely beautiful...

Janis Ian

Jonathan Calder said...

Thanks for the comment!