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Jew-tube roundup, Summer ’08

Hitler plans burning man.

Kim Gordon of Ciccone Youth performs Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” at a Macy’s video booth.

Seu Jorge, “Rebel Rebel”

Amanda Lear, “These Boots Are Made for Walking”

A Bollywood version of “Hava Nagila.”

The Raymond Scott Fascination Machine, soothing sounds for baby.

Bisc1 performs “Yours or Mine” at Southpaw.

Michel Polnareff, “La poupée qui fait non.” Apparently, Jimmy Page is playing guitar on this 1966 recording. (Also see his 40th anniversary version— the man had a vision, a white-goggled one, but my introduction to this song was actually elsewhere, in English by a band called the Birds.)

KETC segment on Janis Ian.


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.

Janis Ian’s first record
November 16, 2007, 3:31 pm
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Janis Ian – s/t (1967)

Another record fair find…

She was 15, having just legally emancipated herself from her parents. She was 23 when her seventh album, with “At Seventeen,” was released in 1975.

Social commentary of an erstwhile high school girl living on the West Side of Manhattan. From the liner notes:

“She listens to a lot of music– Beatles, jazz, Billie Holiday, Barbra Streisand. ‘I listen sporadically to Dylan, because I get too involved…'”

“Society’s Child”

Sadly, this album is no longer in print in its original format, and is instead replaced by a three-disc compilation of her early years, but a few original copies are floating around.

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