Who Really Cares: Childhood Poems, by Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Janis Ian, includes all poetry from earlier print editions of this early proof of what was to come from one of America's most talented songwriters as well as additional poems rejected by the original publisher as being too "controversial"; a new forward and afterword; and more.
Though Ian is a prolific composer and world-famous for her music and performances, this is the musician's only book of poetry. It was first published in 1969 and has become a collector's item in print. Janis Ian wrote almost all of the poems during her teen years, a time when she was first thrust into the national and international spotlight as a songwriter and voice of her generation.
Janis Ian began her career as a singer-songwriter in the 1960s with "Society's Child". In 1975 she won her first Grammy Award for the self-penned song "At Seventeen". Since then she has had number-one hits all over the world, sold more than 10 million albums, and had her songs recorded by such diverse artists as Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, and John Mellencamp. She shows no signs of slowing down, recently beginning yet another career as an audiobook narrator (which earned her a ninth nomination and second Grammy in 2013 for Society's Child: My Autobiography).