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Janis Ian
Janis Ian
(born Janis Eddy Fink; April 7, 1951) is an American singer-songwriter who was most commercially successful in the 1960s and 1970s; her most widely recognized song, "At Seventeen", was released as a single from her 1975 album Between the Lines which reached number 1 on the Billboard chart. Born in 1951 in New York, Ian entered the American folk music scene while still a teenager in the mid-1960s. Most active musically in that decade and the 1970s, she has continued recording into the 21st century. She has won two Grammy Awards, the first in 1975 for "At Seventeen" and the second in 2013 for Best Spoken Word Album, for her autobiography, Society's Child, with a total of ten nominations in eight different categories. Ian is also a columnist and science fiction author.[1]


1 Early life 2 Music career 3 Criticism of the RIAA 4 Writing and acting 5 Personal life 6 Discography

6.1 Albums 6.2 Compilation albums 6.3 Singles

7 Bibliography 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Born in New York City,[2] Janis Fink was primarily raised in New Jersey, initially on a farm, and attended East Orange High School in East Orange, New Jersey[3] and the New York City
New York City
High School of Music & Art. Her parents, Victor, a music teacher, and Pearl were Jewish-born liberals who ran a summer camp in upstate New York. As a child, Ian admired the work of folk pioneers such as Joan Baez and Odetta. Starting with piano lessons at the age of two (at her own insistence), Ian, by the time she entered her teens, was playing the organ, harmonica, French horn and guitar.[4] At the age of 12, she wrote her first song, "Hair of Spun Gold," which was subsequently published in the folk publication Broadside and was later recorded for her debut album. In 1964, she legally changed her name to Janis Ian, taking her brother Eric's middle name as her new surname.[2] Music career[edit] At the age of 14, Ian wrote and recorded her first hit single, " Society's Child
Society's Child
(Baby I've Been Thinking)", about an interracial romance forbidden by a girl's mother and frowned upon by her peers and teachers. Produced by George "Shadow" Morton and released three times from 1965 to 1967, "Society's Child" became a national hit upon its third release after Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
featured it in a CBS TV special titled Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution.[2] The song's theme of interracial relationships was considered taboo by some radio stations, who withdrew or banned it from their playlists accordingly. In her 2008 autobiography Society's Child, Ian recalls receiving hate mail and death threats as a response to the song and mentions that a radio station in Atlanta that played it was burned down. In the summer of 1967, "Society's Child" reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, the single having sold 600,000 copies and the album 350,000.[5] At age 16, Ian met comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
backstage at a Smothers Brothers show where she was promoting Society's Child. Since Ian was underage, she was accompanied by a chaperone while touring. After her set, she had been sleeping with her head on her chaperone's lap (an older female family friend). According to Ian in a 2015 interview, she was told by her then manager that Cosby had interpreted their interaction as "lesbian" and as a result "had made it his business" to warn other television shows that Ian wasn't "suitable family entertainment" and "shouldn't be on television" because of her sexuality, thus attempting to blacklist her.[6][7][8] Although Ian would later come out as lesbian, she states that at the time of the encounter with Cosby she had only been kissed once, in broad daylight at summer camp. Ian relates on her website that, although the song was originally intended for Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records
and the label paid for her recording session, Atlantic subsequently returned the master to her and quietly refused to release it.[9] Ian relates that years later, Atlantic's president at the time, Jerry Wexler, publicly apologized to her for this. The single and Ian's 1967 eponymous debut album (which reached #29 on the charts) were finally released on Verve Forecast. In 2001, "Society's Child" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which honors recordings considered timeless and important to music history. Her early music was compiled on a double CD entitled Society's Child: The Verve Recordings in 1995.

Ian performing at the National Stadium Dublin, Ireland May 14, 1981

"Society's Child" stigmatized Ian as a one-hit wonder until her most successful US single, "At Seventeen", was released in 1975. "At Seventeen" is a bittersweet commentary on adolescent cruelty, the illusion of popularity and teenage angst, from the perspective of a narrator looking back on her earlier experience. The song was a major hit as it charted at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and won the 1976 Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Pop Vocal Performance - Female, beating out Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John and Helen Reddy. Ian appeared as a musical guest on the series premiere of Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
on October 11, 1975, performing "At Seventeen" and "In the Winter".[10][11] The album, Between the Lines, was also a smash and reached #1 on Billboard's album chart. The album would be certified platinum for sales of over one million copies sold in the US. Another measure of her success is anecdotal: on Valentine's Day 1977, Ian received 461 valentine cards, having indicated in the lyrics to "At Seventeen" that she never received one as a teenager.[12] "Fly Too High" (1979), produced by disco producer Giorgio Moroder, was Ian's contribution to the soundtrack of the Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
film Foxes and was also featured on Ian's 1979 album Night Rains. It also became her first international hit, reaching #1 in many countries, including South Africa, Belgium, Australia, Israel and the Netherlands, and going gold or platinum in those countries as well as charting in the UK. Another country where Ian has achieved a high level of popularity is Japan: Ian had two Top 10 singles on the Japanese Oricon
charts, "Love Is Blind" in 1976 and "You Are Love" in 1980. Ian's 1976 album Aftertones
also topped Oricon's album chart in October 1976.[13] "You Are Love (Toujours Gai Mon Cher)" is the theme song of Kinji Fukasaku's 1980 movie Virus. She cut several other singles specifically for the Japanese market, including 1998's "The Last Great Place". In the US, Ian did not chart in the Top 40 on the pop charts after "At Seventeen", though she had several songs reach the Adult Contemporary singles chart through 1980 (all failing to make the Top 20). Ian started "Rude Girl Records, Inc. and its publishing arm, Rude Girl Pub., [on] January 2, 1992". "From 1992 to the present, RGR has steadily grown, with its current ownership of Janis Ian
Janis Ian
masters up to twenty albums and DVD's overseas, and a slightly smaller number in North America. The Rude Girl label oversees the production of Janis' newer work, and in the case of older work, its re-mastering and the re-creation of the original artwork."[14] From 1982–92, Ian continued to write songs, often in collaboration with then-songwriting partner Kye Fleming, which have been covered by Amy Grant, Bette Midler, Marti Jones and other artists. She released Breaking Silence in 1993 and also came out as a lesbian.[15] The album, Folk Is The New Black, was released jointly by her Rude Girl Records label and the Cooking Vinyl labels in 2006.[16] Other artists have recorded Ian's compositions, including Roberta Flack, who had a hit in 1973 with Ian's song "Jesse".[15] Ian's own version is included on the 1974 album Stars (the title song of which has also been oft-covered, including versions by Joan Baez, Shirley Bassey, Cher, Nina Simone
Nina Simone
and Barbara Cook). Richard Barone
Richard Barone
recorded Ian's song Sweet Misery on his album Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s in 2016. She continues to tour in both the US and the UK.[17] Criticism of the RIAA[edit] Ian is an outspoken critic of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[18] which she sees as acting against the interests of musicians and consumers. As such, she has released several of her songs for free download from her website.[19] "I've been surprised at how few people are willing to get annoyed with me over it," she laughs. "There was a little backlash here and there. I was scheduled to appear on a panel somewhere and somebody from a record company said if I was there they would boycott it. But that's been pretty much it. In general, the entire reaction has been favorable. I hear from a lot of people in my industry who don't want to be quoted, but say 'yeah, we're aware of this and we'd like to see a change too.'"[20] Along with science fiction authors Eric Flint
Eric Flint
and Cory Doctorow, she has argued that their experience provides conclusive evidence that free downloads dramatically increased hard-copy sales, contrary to the claims of RIAA and NARAS.[21] Writing and acting[edit]

Ian at a Borders book signing in 2005

Ian writes science fiction. A long-time reader of the genre, she became involved in science fiction fandom in 2001 by attending the Millennium Philcon. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and she co-edited, with Mike Resnick, the anthology Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian, published in 2003 (ISBN 978-0-7564-0177-1). She continues to occasionally attend science fiction conventions.[22] Ian has been a regular columnist for the LGBT
news magazine The Advocate[23] and contributed to Performing Songwriter magazine from 1995–2003.[citation needed] On July 24, 2008, Ian released her positively-received autobiography Society's Child
Society's Child
(published by Penguin Tarcher) . An accompanying double CD, The Autobiography Collection, has been released with many of Ian's best loved songs.[24][citation needed] Ian took acting lessons from noted acting coach Stella Adler
Stella Adler
in the early 1980s to help her feel more comfortable on stage, and she and Adler remained close friends for the rest of Adler's life. In December 2015, Ian appeared in the series finale of HBO
comedy series Getting On playing a patient who refused to stop singing.[25][26] Personal life[edit] Ian married Portuguese filmmaker Tino Sargo in 1978 and the two divorced in 1983. Details of Sargo's physical and emotional abuse were discussed in Ian's autobiography.[27] After moving to Nashville, she met Patricia Snyder in 1989. Ian came out as a lesbian in 1993 with the worldwide release of her album Breaking Silence.[15] Snyder and Ian married in Toronto
on August 27, 2003.[28] Ian has a stepdaughter and two grandchildren with Snyder. Ian's mother Pearl Fink was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1975. Because of this, Ian and her brother persuaded their mother to pursue her lifelong dream of going to college. Fink eventually enrolled in Goddard College's adult education program and ultimately graduated with a master's degree. After Fink's death in 1997, Ian decided to auction off memorabilia to raise money to endow a scholarship at Goddard specifically for older continuing education students, which became the Pearl Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. At the end of each year, 90% or more of funds raised from sale of merchandise, donations from fans and contributions from Ian herself are disbursed to various educational institutions to fund scholarships.[27] By 2016, it had contributed over $900,000 in scholarship funds.[29] On October 23, 2011, Ian performed with Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams
and Neil Finn
Neil Finn
on BBC Four's Series 2 Episode 4 of the series, Songwriters' Circle. The night resulted in controversy, ending with an awkward exchange between the performers when there seemingly was confusion between the songwriters about who was to perform and join in on each other's songs.[30] Discography[edit] Albums[edit]

Janis Ian
Janis Ian
(1967) #29 US (Verve) For All the Seasons of Your Mind (1967) #179 US (Verve) The Secret Life of J. Eddy Fink (1968) (Verve) Who Really Cares (1969) (Verve) Present Company (1971) #223 US (Capitol) Stars (1974) #83 US, #63 (Columbia) Between the Lines (1975) #1 US, #4 Canada, #22 Japan (Columbia, Festival) Aftertones
(1976) #12 US, #81 Canada, #1 Japan (Columbia) Miracle Row (1977) #45 US, #26 Japan (Columbia) Janis Ian
Janis Ian
(1978) (Columbia) Night Rains (1979) (Columbia) Restless Eyes (1981) #156 US (Columbia) Uncle Wonderful (1983) (Rude Girl) Breaking Silence (1992) (Morgan Creek) Simon Renshaw Presents: Janis Ian
Janis Ian
Shares Your Pain (1995) (Rude Girl) (not released until 12.09) Revenge (1995) (Rude Girl) Hunger (1997) (Windham Hill/Rude Girl) God & the FBI (2000) (Windham Hill/Rude Girl) Lost Cuts 1 (2001) (Rude Girl) Billie's Bones (2004) (Rude Girl) Folk Is the New Black (2006) (Rude Girl) Strictly Solo (2014) (Rude Girl) Available only at live shows.

Compilation albums[edit]

Remember (1978) (orig. JVC Japan, now Rude Girl) The Best of Janis Ian
Janis Ian
(1980) (CBS Benelux) My Favourites (1980) (CBS Benelux) At Seventeen
At Seventeen
(1990) (CBS) Up 'Til Now (1992) (Sony) Society's Child: The Verve Recordings (1995) (Polydor/UMG) Live on the Test 1976 (1995) (BBC World Wide) Unreleased 1: Mary's Eyes (1998) (Rude Girl) The Bottom Line Encore Collection (1999) (Bottom Line Records) The Best of Janis Ian
Janis Ian
(2002) (Festival Australia) Live: Working Without a Net (2003) (Rude Girl) Souvenirs: Best of 1972–1981 (2004) (Rude Girl) Unreleased 2: Take No Prisoners (2006) (Rude Girl) Unreleased 3: Society's Child
Society's Child
(2006) (Rude Girl) Ultimate Best (2007) (JVC Victory) Best of Janis Ian: Autobiography Collection (2008) (Rude Girl) The Essential Janis Ian
Janis Ian
(Sony worldwide)


Year Titles (A-side, B-side) Both sides from same album except where indicated Chart positions Album

US Billboard US Cash Box US A/C Kent Music Report
Kent Music Report
(Australia) UK JPN

1967 " Society's Child
Society's Child
(Baby I've Been Thinking)" b/w "Letter to Jon" (Non-album track) 14 13 – – – – Janis Ian
Janis Ian
(Verve Forecast)

"Younger Generation Blues" b/w "I'll Give You a Stone If You'll Throw It" – – – – – –

"Insanity Comes Quietly to the Structured Mind" b/w "Sunflakes Fall, Snowrays Call" 109 82 – – – – ...For All The Seasons Of Your Mind

1968 "A Song for All the Seasons of Your Mind" b/w "Lonely One" – – – – – –

"Friends Again" b/w "Lady of the Night" (Non-album track) – – – – – – The Secret Life of J. Eddy Fink

"Janey's Blues" b/w "Everybody Knows" (from The Secret Life of J. Eddy Fink) – – – – – – Janis Ian
Janis Ian
(Verve Forecast)

1969 "Calling Your Name" b/w "Month of May" – – – – – – Who Really Cares

1971 "He's a Rainbow" b/w "Here in Spain" – – – – – – Present Company

1974 "The Man You Are in Me" b/w "Jesse" 104 105 33 – – – Stars

1975 "When the Party's Over" b/w "Bright Lights and Promises" – 112 20 – – – Between the Lines

"At Seventeen" b/w "Stars" (from Stars) 3 1 1 23 – –

"In the Winter" b/w "Thankyous" (from Stars) – 97 21 – – –

1976 "Boy I Really Tied One On" b/w "Aftertones" – – 43 – – – Aftertones

"I Would Like to Dance" b/w "Goodbye To Morning" – – 28 – – –

"Roses" / – – 37 – – –

"Love Is Blind" – – – – – 1

"Between the Lines" b/w "Sweet Sympathy" (from Stars) – – – – – 90 Between The Lines

1977 "Miracle Row" b/w "Take to the Sky" – – – – – – Miracle Row

"I Want to Make You Love Me" b/w "Candlelight" – – – – – –

"Will You Dance?" b/w "I Want to Make You Love Me" – – – – – 40

1978 "That Grand Illusion" b/w "Hopper Painting" – – 43 – – – Janis Ian
Janis Ian

"The Bridge" b/w "Do You Wanna Dance" – – – – – –

1979 "Here Comes the Night" b/w "Tonight Will Last Forever" (from Janis Ian
Janis Ian
Columbia album) – – – – – – Night Rains

"Fly Too High" b/w "Night Rains" – – – – 44 –

1980 "You Are Love" b/w "All to You" – – – – – 10 "Virus" soundtrack (Japan release only)

"The Other Side of the Sun" b/w "Memories" – – 47 – 44 – Night Rains

1981 "Under the Covers" b/w "Sugar Mountain" 71 79 – – – – Restless Eyes

"Restless Eyes" b/w "I Remember Yesterday" – – – – – –

2010 "Every Woman's Song" (with Angela Aki)[31][32] – – – – – 53 Non-album track


Live at Club Cafe (2005) (Rude Girl) Janismania (2005) (Rude Girl) Through the Years: A Retrospective (2007) (Rude Girl) Janis Ian
Janis Ian
'79: Live in Japan & Australia (2008) (Rude Girl)


Who Really Cares: Poems From Childhood and Early Youth 1969 (2002 re-release) ISBN 978-1-930709-37-9 Songbook 1999 ISBN 978-0-7692-0148-1 Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian
Janis Ian
2003 ISBN 978-0-7564-0177-1 (ed., with Mike Resnick) "Prayerville" 2003 (in Women Writing Science Fiction As Men, ed. Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg ISBN 978-0-7564-0148-1) Society's Child: My Autobiography, 2008, Tarcher/Penguin; ISBN 1-58542-675-X; ISBN 978-1-58542-675-1


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Janis Ian
Website. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-09.  ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason (2003). Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas, eds. All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues. Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-736-6.  ^ Nash, Margo. "JERSEY FOOTLIGHTS", The New York Times, March 16, 2003; accessed December 19, 2007. "Yet when Janis Ian
Janis Ian
went to East Orange High School, she was kicked out of the chorus." ^ Life Magazine, October 27, 1967, p. 53 ^ Life Magazine, October 27, 1967 p. 53 ^ Silman, Anna (Jul 29, 2015). " Janis Ian
Janis Ian
says Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
allegedly spread lesbian rumors about her as a teen, tried to blacklist her from TV". Salon. Retrieved 29 July 2015.  ^ Jones, Nate (Jul 29, 2015). " Janis Ian
Janis Ian
Shares Her Own Creepy Bill Cosby Story". Vulture. Retrieved 29 July 2015.  ^ Goodman, Jessica. " Janis Ian
Janis Ian
recalls personal story about Bill Cosby following New York cover feature" (July 29, 2015). Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 29 July 2015.  ^ Wiser, Carl. " Janis Ian
Janis Ian
interview (March 14, 2003)". Songfacts. Retrieved September 27, 2012.  ^ Cader, Michael; Baskin, Edie (1994). Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 124–127. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.  ^ "SNL Transcripts". Snltranscripts.jt.org. Retrieved February 28, 2016.  ^ Rees, Dafydd; Luke Crampton (1996). Encyclopedia of Rock Stars. Dk Pub. ISBN 0-7894-1263-2.  ^ "Janis Ian". janisian.com.  ^ "Rude Girl Records, Inc". janisian.com. Retrieved September 8, 2016.  ^ a b c Keehnen, Owen (March 24, 2005). "At 42: Lesbian
Legend Janis Ian Comes Out". Queer Culture Center. Retrieved November 15, 2012.  ^ Wilson, David Bertrand. "Trying The Patience Of: Janis Ian". Wilson & Alroy's Record Reviews. Retrieved September 10, 2013.  ^ "Janis Ian: On Tour". janisian.com. Retrieved January 20, 2014.  ^ Ian, Janis (May 2002). "The Internet Debacle – An Alternative View". Performing Songwriter Magazine. Archived from the original on May 9, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-09.  ^ Free Music Downloads on Janis Ian's official website ^ Vanderhorst, Jan (October 2002). "Janis Ian: Doing It From The Heart". Retrieved 2007-06-09.  ^ Prime Palaver #11 Archived February 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. – letter by Janis Ian
Janis Ian
to Baen librarian, Eric Flint, September 16, 2002 ^ John Teehan. "Janis at Worldcon 2001". Sff.net. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-05.  ^ "Revenge is sweet for Janis Ian" Archived October 21, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. by Jeff Walsh, March 1, 1996 ^ Ian, Janis. " Janis Ian
Janis Ian
- American songwriter, singer, musician, author and multiple Grammy-winning writer of "At 17," "Jesse" and "Society's Child": Listening Room: Best Of Janis Ian: The Autobiography Collection". www.janisian.com. Retrieved 2017-01-20.  ^ Lambe, Stacy (14 December 2015). "'Getting On' Creators on Taking Big Swings With the Series Finale". ET Online. Retrieved 21 February 2016.  ^ ""Getting On" from the HBO
series "Getting On"". Janis Ian
Janis Ian
Shopping Mall. Archived from the original on March 2, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2016.  ^ a b Ian, Janis. 2008. Society's Child: My Autobiography. New York City: Tarcher. ^ "Ian profile". Glbtq.com. Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved 2013-12-05.  ^ "Pearl Foundation". Retrieved 2017-01-25.  ^ Marcus Teague. " Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams
and Neil Finn
Neil Finn
fall out during TV taping".  ^ "ジャニス・イアンとの夢のコラボ曲「Every Woman's Song」が 着うた(R)、着うたフル(R)で好評配信中!" [ Janis Ian
Janis Ian
dream collabo song, "Every Woman's Song" out as a ringtone and a cellphone download!] (in Japanese). Sony Music Japan. September 1, 2010. Archived from the original on May 31, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014.  ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
2010/09/20". Billboard (in Japanese). September 20, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 

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v t e

Janis Ian

Studio albums

Between the Lines (1975) Aftertones
(1976) Hunger (1997)


"Society's Child" "At Seventeen"

v t e

Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Spoken Word Album


Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
– The Best of the Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
Shows (1959) Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg
Lincoln Portrait (1960) Robert Bialek (producer) – FDR Speaks (1961) Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
– Humor in Music (1962) Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
– The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton (1963) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(playwright) – Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(1964) That Was the Week That Was
That Was the Week That Was
– BBC Tribute to John F. Kennedy (1965) Goddard Lieberson
Goddard Lieberson
(producer) – John F. Kennedy - As We Remember Him (1966) Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
- A Reporter Remembers, Vol. I The War Years (1967) Everett Dirksen
Everett Dirksen
– Gallant Men (1968) Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen
– Lonesome Cities (1969) Art Linkletter
Art Linkletter
& Diane Linkletter – We Love You Call Collect (1970) Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
– Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam (1971) Les Crane
Les Crane
– Desiderata (1972) Bruce Botnick (producer) – Lenny performed by the original Broadway cast (1973) Richard Harris
Richard Harris
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1974) Peter Cook
Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
– Good Evening (1975) James Whitmore
James Whitmore
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
(1976) Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
- Great American Documents (1977) Julie Harris – The Belle of Amherst
The Belle of Amherst
(1978) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1979) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
– Ages of Man - Readings From Shakespeare


Pat Carroll – Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein
Gertrude Stein
(1981) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Donovan's Brain
Donovan's Brain
(1982) Tom Voegeli (producer) – Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark
- The Movie on Record performed by Various Artists (1983) William Warfield
William Warfield
Lincoln Portrait (1984) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
– The Words of Gandhi (1985) Mike Berniker (producer) & the original Broadway cast – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1986) Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chips Moman, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins
Carl Perkins
and Sam Phillips
Sam Phillips
– Interviews From the Class of '55 Recording Sessions (1987) Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
Lake Wobegon Days (1988) Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
– Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
(1989) Gilda Radner
Gilda Radner
– It's Always Something (1990) George Burns
George Burns
– Gracie: A Love Story (1991) Ken Burns
Ken Burns
– The Civil War (1992) Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Robert O'Keefe – What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS (1993) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
On the Pulse of Morning
On the Pulse of Morning
(1994) Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins
– Get in the Van (1995) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
– Phenomenal Woman (1996) Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
It Takes a Village (1997) Charles Kuralt
Charles Kuralt
– Charles Kuralt's Spring (1998) Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve
Still Me
Still Me
(1999) LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
– The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.


Sidney Poitier, Rick Harris & John Runnette (producers) – The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2001) Quincy Jones, Jeffrey S. Thomas, Steven Strassman (engineers) and Elisa Shokoff (producer) – Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (2002) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
and Charles B. Potter (producer) – A Song Flung Up to Heaven / Robin Williams, Nathaniel Kunkel (engineer/mixer) and Peter Asher (producer) – Live 2002 (2003) Al Franken
Al Franken
and Paul Ruben (producer) – Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (2004) Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
– My Life (2005) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Dreams from My Father
Dreams from My Father
(2006) Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
– Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis / Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
- With Ossie and Ruby (2007) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
and Jacob Bronstein (producer) – The Audacity of Hope (2008) Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
and Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
– An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Al Gore
(2009) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
– Always Looking Up (2010) Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
– The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
Presents Earth (The Audiobook) (2011) Betty White
Betty White
– If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) (2012) Janis Ian
Janis Ian
Society's Child
Society's Child
(2013) Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert
– America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't (2014) Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers
– Diary of a Mad Diva (2015) Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
– A Full Life: Reflections at 90 (2016) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
– In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (2017) Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
The Princess Diarist
The Princess Diarist

Authority control

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