On this day in music history: September 20, 1975 - “Between The Lines”, the seventh album by Janis Ian hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 1 week. Produced by Brooks Arthur, it is recorded at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, NY from Mid - Late 1974. Anchored by the hit single “At Seventeen” (#3 Pop), the album is a huge critical and commercial success for the New York born singer, songwriter, and musician. The song is inspired by a newspaper article she reads about a young woman who is a former teenage debutante. The woman will declare in the article on how being popular in high school didn’t solve her problems, lingering below the surface. Ian will juxtapose this will her own personal experiences, coming to terms with her own low self esteem and self worth at that age. Initially the song almost will not make the album, when Ian feels it’s “too personal” and revealing. She’ll eventually change her mind, and the single and album will become the biggest hits of her career. Ian will perform the song on “The Tonight Show”, which will give her major national exposure that spreads to radio. The singer will also perform “At Seventeen” on the debut episode of “Saturday Night Live” on October 11, 1975. The single will also win Ian a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female in 1976. “Between The Lines” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
What it’s like when a woman asks me to shave. Or would be, were that ever to actually happen.
The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies Copyright © 1986 Phil Hardy
I bought this copy in September of 1988, twenty six years ago this month. Before the internet, before IMDB and Wikipedia, this was my bible of sorts. The book is incomplete, inconsistent, and often incorrect. Lots of factual errors mixed in among the uneven and often unfair entries. That being said, this volume did serve me well for a great many years before other resources became available. And continues to serve me still, when I’m at home of an evening and without the internet or more current material to draw from.
Sixteen ninety five and tax was a fair chunk of change for my then sixteen year old self to shell out on a book. In nineteen and eighty eight, twenty bucks would make for a pretty fair night on the town. But what price can one put on an education?
This is why I don’t make lists. Someone asked me to recommend a few Horror films for October. Mind you, this is not the list. This is just what happens when I set about trying to make a list. There’s a lot of ‘oh that reminds me of’ and ‘he was in this other one’ and ‘that sounds a lot like’ and ‘I need to watch that again’. Spiraling ever downward into madness.