139. WHO REALLY CARES: Published 1969 by Dial Press, 85 pgs, original inscribed first edition, out-of-print, paperback (only one hard-bound was printed, for Janis); covers slightly worn. A slim book of poetry written by Janis 1967-1968; inscribed "To Mom with all my love from your favorite daughter, Jan". We recently saw a copy at rare book store priced at $250 uninscribed, and Janis paid $600.00 last month for a first edition copy she'd inscribed to Leonard Bernstein and his wife, which was sold during an auction of his effects. Comes with copy of original Janis Ian vinyl album from Pearl's collection; minimum bid $500.00. Dial approached me to write a book of poetry in 1968, and it seemed like a good idea at the time. When I began working on it I realized that I would have to make a choice - I could be a poet, or I could be a songwriter, but I could not be both. Looking at these poems now, I'm grateful I chose songwriting.
140. WHO REALLY CARES: Published 1969 by Dial Press, 85 pgs, original inscribed first edition, out-of-print, paperback (only one hard-bound was printed, for Janis); covers very slightly worn. A slim book of poetry written by Janis 1967-1968; inscribed "To Mom with all my love from your favorite daughter, Jan". A fan looking for this told us she'd paid $400.00 for an uninscribed copy (scary, huh?). Comes with copy of vintage Janis Ian vinyl album from Pearl's collection; minimum bid $400.00. On the other hand, as I look through these books part of me thinks "Why can't I write like this now?" There's something about being confronted by your past, as an artist, that leaves you with deep and humbling regrets - for time wasted, time lost, time misused. I don't know how my Mom wound up with this - it was probably among my grandparent's effects ("Bubby and Zaddy" are the Yiddish words for "Grandmother and Grandfather", and that's what we always called them).
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jump to: PERFORMING SONGWRITER ARTICLES148. FBI FILES: Covering March 1965 through October of 1967, these files are about Janis and the two camps run by her parents that she attended as a child. They contain quotes like "Red-led youngsters learning to infiltrate the Civil Rights movement as professional agitators... observed by a suitable pretext... Negro and white together..." and "Because of subject's age, she is...being placed on the Reserve Index", plus pages and pages of mostly blacked-out information. Minimum bid $150.00. Quite frankly, I was pretty annoyed that my own file wasn't thicker. After all, my parents each have 50-75 pages of their own! The camps I went to as a child weren't "Communist camps"; they emphasized integration, rights of the individual, peace over war, and music over sports. We never could understand why we had so much trouble placing ads, or why some parents would suddenly ask for their deposits back. Looking at these files, there's no doubt that a lot of people were scared off by visits from the old FBI folks during the Hoover era. A real slice of unfortunate history that we hope will not happen again.
149. SONGWRITER'S WORKBOOK (ed. Harvey Rachlin) 1991: 72-page signed original copy which includes two "work cassettes", features four notable songwriters writing about their work, including a 21-page article by Janis and her individual taped discussion of songwriting; with copy of new retrospective Warner Brother's songbook. Also featured: Teri Meunch, John Barilla, James Becher.
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