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May 2, 1991 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When she was just 15, Janis Ian wrote her first hit, "Society's Child." Earlier this week, the singer-songwriter held society's child, a tiny newborn who has been exposed to the deadly AIDS virus. Ian, who lived in Santa Monica until a few years ago, was back in Los Angeles for a concert tonight to benefit a Westside facility that houses babies infected with the acquired immune deficiency syndrome virus or at high risk of infection.
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February 16, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Shadow Morton, the songwriter and producer behind such 1960s pop classics as " Remember (Walking in the Sand) " and " Leader of the Pack " -- both recorded by the Shangri-Las -- is dead. According to the New York Times , Morton died Thursday in Laguna Beach; the cause, said a family friend, was cancer. He was 71. A Brooklyn native who spent his adolescence on Long Island, Morton reportedly couldn't read music or play an instrument. But he used a feel for the highs and lows of teenage emotion -- a deep understanding not unlike that of his girl-group contemporary Phil Spector -- to create huge hits that tapped into the addictive torment of young love.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some pop performers act as if they would rather throw Fluffy and Fido into a pool of piranhas than risk playing unfamiliar songs to a concert audience. But Janis Ian took the plunge with well-justified confidence Friday night at the Coach House as she began her latest comeback. It helped that the veteran folk-pop singer was playing to an intimate house nearly filled with supportive fans who were probably hungry to hear her play anything.
OPINION
February 8, 2003
Re "Don't Sever a High-Tech Lifeline for Musicians," Commentary, Feb. 2: Janis Ian is a wonderful artist, and we support her right to allow free Internet downloads of her music. The court ruling in the Verizon case doesn't change that one bit. What Ian argues is that illegal downloading, unlawful though it may be, is helpful to some artists, so we shouldn't be able to find out who is engaging in it. That's a non sequitur, and it boils down to Ian imposing her view of what's best on all artists.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 1989 | DON HECKMAN
"Society's Child" is back. Janis Ian, whose controversial song about an interracial romance caused a near-firestorm in the politically charged climate of the mid-1960s, has returned to the performance stage. Eight years after the release of her last recording, Ian will appear tonight with her trio at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Now 38, the singer/songwriter has embarked on the third phase of what has been a roller-coaster career.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 1995 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Janis Ian was a budding, 15-year-old singer-songwriter when she discovered the power of a song to stir deep emotion and controversy. In 1967, her debut single, "Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking)," struck a nerve in American society with its sympathetic depiction of an interracial romance. The song reached No. 14 on Billboard's pop singles chart but also provoked bitter feelings. Ian was heckled at some of her shows and in public by racial separatists.
NEWS
June 3, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM, Mike Boehm covers pop music for The Times Orange County Edition.
Janis Ian believes in long shots. In the liner notes to "Breaking Silence," her first album in 12 years, under the musician credits and the roll call of special thanks, Ian has included a plea that represents a leap of hope equivalent to the proverbial message in a bottle. My 1937 Martin D-18 67053 has been missing since 1972. If you have information, please contact me. No questions asked. Post Office Box 121153, Nashville TN 37212.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 42, Janis Ian figures she already has had two careers as a recording artist. Now she is trying for a third. The first started when she was an underage folkie, working the club scene in New York City during the mid-1960s. Ian was 16 when she scored a hit with "Society's Child," a folk-pop protest song about a black boy and a white girl whose romance is sundered by the bigotry around them.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 1989 | CRAIG LEE
It's been nearly 15 years since Janis Ian defined painful adolescence with "At Seventeen," and 22 years since a 16-year-old Ian addressed racial bigotry in "Society's Child." Ian performed these two career highlights back to back at Bogart's on Saturday night, and with their intrinsic link to '60s-'70s attitudes, "Child" and "Seventeen" could have easily come off as the defrosted leftovers of the "Big Chill" generation.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1995
I just finished my weekly dosage of gushy interviews with pop maven Robert Hilburn and another up-and-coming rock star who (what, again?) doesn't enjoy the trappings of being one ("Exile From Rockville," March 5). Liz Phair, whose music I enjoy on occasion, seems phairly honest about dreading the pace of the music world, but also seems to be more than willing to take the easy way out, retreating to her guitar and a small circle of friends. Hilburn loves this sort of thing; it provides him yet another chance to vicariously thumb his nose at the big, bad record industry that so hypocritically (in his "qualified" opinion)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 1995 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Janis Ian was a budding, 15-year-old singer-songwriter when she discovered the power of a song to stir deep emotion and controversy. In 1967, her debut single, "Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking)," struck a nerve in American society with its sympathetic depiction of an interracial romance. The song reached No. 14 on Billboard's pop singles chart but also provoked bitter feelings. Ian was heckled at some of her shows and in public by racial separatists.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1995
I just finished my weekly dosage of gushy interviews with pop maven Robert Hilburn and another up-and-coming rock star who (what, again?) doesn't enjoy the trappings of being one ("Exile From Rockville," March 5). Liz Phair, whose music I enjoy on occasion, seems phairly honest about dreading the pace of the music world, but also seems to be more than willing to take the easy way out, retreating to her guitar and a small circle of friends. Hilburn loves this sort of thing; it provides him yet another chance to vicariously thumb his nose at the big, bad record industry that so hypocritically (in his "qualified" opinion)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some pop performers act as if they would rather throw Fluffy and Fido into a pool of piranhas than risk playing unfamiliar songs to a concert audience. But Janis Ian took the plunge with well-justified confidence Friday night at the Coach House as she began her latest comeback. It helped that the veteran folk-pop singer was playing to an intimate house nearly filled with supportive fans who were probably hungry to hear her play anything.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 42, Janis Ian figures she already has had two careers as a recording artist. Now she is trying for a third. The first started when she was an underage folkie, working the club scene in New York City during the mid-1960s. Ian was 16 when she scored a hit with "Society's Child," a folk-pop protest song about a black boy and a white girl whose romance is sundered by the bigotry around them.
NEWS
June 3, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM, Mike Boehm covers pop music for The Times Orange County Edition.
Janis Ian believes in long shots. In the liner notes to "Breaking Silence," her first album in 12 years, under the musician credits and the roll call of special thanks, Ian has included a plea that represents a leap of hope equivalent to the proverbial message in a bottle. My 1937 Martin D-18 67053 has been missing since 1972. If you have information, please contact me. No questions asked. Post Office Box 121153, Nashville TN 37212.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 1991 | DON HECKMAN
As she nears 41, Janis Ian's role as pop's mini-diva of Angst doesn't seem to have changed much over the years since "Society's Child" propelled her to teen-age stardom. Headlining a benefit concert for the Caring for Children With AIDS organization at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on Thursday, the tiny singer-songwriter spent most of her time touring the inner territory of an emotion-drenched psyche.
OPINION
February 8, 2003
Re "Don't Sever a High-Tech Lifeline for Musicians," Commentary, Feb. 2: Janis Ian is a wonderful artist, and we support her right to allow free Internet downloads of her music. The court ruling in the Verizon case doesn't change that one bit. What Ian argues is that illegal downloading, unlawful though it may be, is helpful to some artists, so we shouldn't be able to find out who is engaging in it. That's a non sequitur, and it boils down to Ian imposing her view of what's best on all artists.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Shadow Morton, the songwriter and producer behind such 1960s pop classics as " Remember (Walking in the Sand) " and " Leader of the Pack " -- both recorded by the Shangri-Las -- is dead. According to the New York Times , Morton died Thursday in Laguna Beach; the cause, said a family friend, was cancer. He was 71. A Brooklyn native who spent his adolescence on Long Island, Morton reportedly couldn't read music or play an instrument. But he used a feel for the highs and lows of teenage emotion -- a deep understanding not unlike that of his girl-group contemporary Phil Spector -- to create huge hits that tapped into the addictive torment of young love.
NEWS
May 2, 1991 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When she was just 15, Janis Ian wrote her first hit, "Society's Child." Earlier this week, the singer-songwriter held society's child, a tiny newborn who has been exposed to the deadly AIDS virus. Ian, who lived in Santa Monica until a few years ago, was back in Los Angeles for a concert tonight to benefit a Westside facility that houses babies infected with the acquired immune deficiency syndrome virus or at high risk of infection.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 1989 | CRAIG LEE
It's been nearly 15 years since Janis Ian defined painful adolescence with "At Seventeen," and 22 years since a 16-year-old Ian addressed racial bigotry in "Society's Child." Ian performed these two career highlights back to back at Bogart's on Saturday night, and with their intrinsic link to '60s-'70s attitudes, "Child" and "Seventeen" could have easily come off as the defrosted leftovers of the "Big Chill" generation.
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