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Monthly Update

February 20, 2013

What a fantastic year so far! That's all I can say... what a fantastic year! Here's just a few of the high points:

Thanks to your generosity, we were able to donate $82,000.00 in college scholarships for returning students this year! The monies went to Berea College KY, Warren Wilson College NC, and Goddard College VT, bringing our total donations over the past decade to almost $700,000!!!

Tweet from the First Lady

Tweet from the First Lady

I received my second Grammy Award, for Best Spoken Word: Society's Child: My Autobiography. To say it was a stunning upset is an understatement; the other nominees were First Lady Michelle Obama, ex-president Bill Clinton, Rachel Maddow and Ellen Degeneres. This makes a total of nine nominations for me, in eight different categories. (There are actually 3 Grammys for my work; Brooks Arthur took home Best Engineered: Between the Lines in 1976.)

A bit of icing on the cake - the First Lady tweeted me congratulations!

Rachel Maddow sent flowers and a note!

Rachel Maddow sent flowers and a note!

In my continuing quest to make sure I have no time for anything, while in Los Angeles I also read stories by Lewis Shiner, Kage Baker, and Michael Swanwick for Skyboat Productions, as well as two children's books for Le Var Burton's Reading Rainbow series. Yet another career... oy!

Speaking of Skyboat and producer Stefan Rudnicki, he and his wife (and my director!) Gabrielle De Cuir threw the most fantastic Chinese New Year dinner in my honor. We were fortunate that my Audible editor, Christina Harcar, made it out of New York just ahead of the blizzard and could attend too. Nine courses with a private chef - for this South Jersey girl it was quite a treat!

The day after the Grammys, Pat and I visited with Chuck Lorre and the cast of Big Bang Theory on their set - more icing on the cake.

As a finale, when I arrived home there were not only flowers from Rachel Maddow, but a first edition of The Great Santini from author Pat Conroy, along with a beautiful inscription to me.

The celebratory pink microwave

The celebratory pink microwave

Like I said, what a fantastic year! And in case you're wondering what Pat and I did to celebrate - we needed a new microwave, so we bought a pink one...

Janis and Sharon Isbin

Janis and Sharon Isbin

I spent a full week in New York, allowing myself the luxury of going in early even though I wasn't earning money every day. (Yes, I think like that.) Got to meet my new literary agent in person (Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown), and thanks to Jane Yolen for recommending her. Also met with my new music publishers at Modern Works, and made up the City Winery date snafu'd by Hurricane Sandy (the great Sharon Isbin was in attendance; I was soooo nervous when I took guitar solos!). The capper was dinner with Tom Oppenheim and Ellen Adler (grandson and daughter of Stella Adler) and a tour of the Stella Adler School of Acting. Stories about "Jimmy" (Baldwin), and "Marlon" (guess who) abounded, and it made me feel, for a few hours, like Stella was alive again. It was even more special because I was able to show them the quote from Tennessee Williams about my own work:

The Tiny Mouse outside his home

The Tiny Mouse outside his home

In current news, Lemniscaat Publishing will be putting out an illustrated book based on my song "The Tiny Mouse". The Schuberts are doing the illustrations, and based on what I've seen so far, it will be fabulous. The book is slated to come out in Holland this June and in the United States this September, with editions throughout the world to come later.

Audible have picked up the rights to Stars: Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian, which I was also finally able to get out in e-book form. I'm working again with producer Stefan Rudnicki, and there will be a special bonus story by Michael Swanwick, based on my song "Mary's Eyes."

Janis & Shadow at the Tonight Show, August 1967

Janis & Shadow at the Tonight Show, August 1967

On a personal note, the great Shadow Morton passed away February 14th. Shadow was an extraordinary producer who trusted my musical instincts from the moment we met, sending me into my first studio session at age 15 with the instruction "Kid, go tell the ‘A Team' what you want them to play." He created a signature sound with recordings like "Leader of the Pack", and was dear to me all my life. His death follows that of Larry Martire, Shadow's friend and business partner, who fought every inch of the way for "Society's Child" to be played and recognized.

Last but far from least, it's off on tour I go, playing from the West Coast and Northwest to Asbury Park, New York, and Florida. I'll be breaking in new material as well as singing a lot of the old - and as always, you are welcome to bring vinyl or other items to be signed after the show.

Hope to see you all on the road!!!

Janis Ian

Janis

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All tour dates updated on May 16, 2020

  • Sunday June 27 to Saturday July 3

    Swannanoa Gathering Fiddle Mando Banjo Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Fiddle Mando Banjo Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

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    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. The final week will also feature a second, more interactive class tentatively titled "War Stories". Time of classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Sunday July 04 to Saturday July 10

    Swannanoa Gathering Traditional Song Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Traditional Song Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

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    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Sunday July 11 to Saturday July 17

    Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

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    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Sunday July 18 to Saturday July 24

    Swannanoa Gathering Old Time Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina,

    Swannanoa Gathering Old Time Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina,

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    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Sunday July 25 to Saturday July 31

    Swannanoa Gathering Cont. Folk & Guitar Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Cont. Folk & Guitar Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone: N/A

    Visit the venue's website

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Thursday, August 5

    The Kate, Old Saybrook, CT

    The Kate

    Old Saybrook, CT

    Phone: (860) 510-0473

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    Janis returns to The Kate a scant year later, at their insistence. She's sure it's too soon, they're sure it's not. She's writing furiously so she can present some new material, and looking forward to visiting one of her all-time favorite venues again! Expect some good, relaxed fun, some tears, an after-show appearance for signing things you've brought and things you may purchase at the "merch table"!!

  • August 6th

    Pearl Foundation private concert, , Massachusetts,

    Pearl Foundation private concert

    , Massachusetts,

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    A private concert benefitting the Pearl Foundation.

  • Saturday, August 7

    Shalin Liu, Rockport, MA

    Shalin Liu

    Rockport, MA

    Phone: (978) 546-7391

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    Janis has been hearing about Shalin Liu from friends for more than a decade, and it's taken this long to coordinate schedules so she could do two nights in this prestigious venue. Expect old songs, new songs, stories, and time afterward for hellos and signing whatever you bring or buy! Since she'll be there for two nights, things should get a bit more relaxed than usual - maybe an extra step out guitar solo, or an audience Q&A. Who knows?! We can promise that this ten-time-Grammy-nominee will put on a great show, with plenty of heart and soul. 8 pm show

  • Sunday, August 8

    Shalin Liu, Rockport, MA

    Shalin Liu

    Rockport, MA

    Phone: (978) 546-7391

    Visit the venue's website

    Janis has been hearing about Shalin Liu from friends for more than a decade, and it's taken this long to coordinate schedules so she could do two nights in this prestigious venue. Expect old songs, new songs, stories, and time afterward for hellos and signing whatever you bring or buy! Since she'll be there for two nights, things should get a bit more relaxed than usual - maybe an extra step out guitar solo, or an audience Q&A. Who knows?! We can promise that this ten-time-Grammy-nominee will put on a great show, with plenty of heart and soul. 8 pm start!

  • Tuesday, August 10

    Shea Theater, Turners Falls, MA

    Shea Theater

    Turners Falls, MA

    Phone: (413) 648-7432

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    And the new venues just keep on coming! We're really excited that Janis will be playing this town-owned theater, a centerpiece of the Turner's Falls resurgence. Expect old songs, new songs, stories, and time afterward for hellos and signing whatever you bring or buy! * 8pm showtime

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