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Janis Ian plays this Saturday

Janis Ian will be playing this Saturday, July 5 on Governor’s Island at 1:30pm.

Her performance is part of the Folks on the Island festival taking place there, as well as an increasingly wide array of music and arts events that have been occurring on the island.

It’s great to see an artist like Ian continue to create music and take the stage. You may not share her musical aesthetic– I much prefer her ’60s and ’70s output to her latter-day folk efforts– but it’s hard not to be impressed by a counterculture icon who went from Billboard-charting teen stardom, to performing eight years later on the very first episode of Saturday Night Live with George Carlin, to outspoken defiance of the RIAA over music downloads well before iTunes and the decline of digital rights management. Janis Ian started her own label, Rude Girl, in 1992.

Here’s my earlier post on Janis Ian’s first record. Nine months later, it’s still in heavy rotation. I can’t say that about many records.

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