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Houston Voice, No. 817, June 21, 1996 - File 023. 1996-06-21. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 8, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/6917/show/6902.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 817, June 21, 1996
Contributor
  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
Publisher Window Media
Date June 21, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Title File 023
Transcript 22 HOUSTON VOICE / JUNE 21. 1996 On YourNext Yisitto Houston... What you get at the motel on the highway & what you get at the Montrose Inn Motel: Heterosexuals with kids fighting next door. Montrose Inn: Gay men next door. Only gay men. Nothing but gay men. Motel: Several miles to the gay bars. Montrose Inn: 5 tiny blocks to the gay bars. Motel: Drive to the gay bars &pay $5 lo park, if you can find parking. Or take a $13 cab. Montrose Inn: Walk to the gay bars. Or take a $3 cab. Mote): Drive back from the gay bars and risk the cops making you walk the straight line. Or lake a $15 cab. Montrose Inn: Walk back from the gay bars. Or lake a $3 cab. Motel: Pay $35 to $95 a night for a room. Montrose Inn: Pay $41 to $79 a night for a room. Motel: Eal in their restaurant. Food for the masses. Pay plenty. $1 soft drink machine. Montrose Inn: Complimentary late night sandwiches & full breakfast the next day. Free soft drinks, juices, coffee 24 hours. Motel: Cruise the parking lot and get threatened. Montrose Inn: Cruise the hallways. Please! Motel: The receptionist sneers at you. Montrose Inn: The receptionist winks at you. Motel: Washing machine? Ironing board? Hairdryer? Refrigerator? Stove? Microwave? VCR & gay movies? Are you kidding? Montrose Inn: All of the above. Free to use. Motel: Full size bed, everything else is plastic. Monlrose Inn: Queen size bed, hardwood floors, hardly any plastic. Motel: Maid knocking 8 a.n 11 a.m. , you moan but she's coming in anyway. Checkout Monlrose Inn: Handsome man next door knocking II a.m. to join him for breakfast. Checkout I p.m. Reservations requested. 1-800-357-1228. The house at 408 Avondale. The Montrose Inn is NOT a motel. We're NOT a hotel. We're a Bed & Breakfast. (And we're Basic & Butch. We're the B&B that's B&B.) We're completely different! Sponsored by Channel 13 KTRK Maleman Funz'me PUMPED UPON Sponsored by NeimanMarcus Town & Country La Strada Mosolutefu Jaoufous Lfoofwear of- the Jamous Celebration and Auction benefitting The Names Project, Milam House, The Gay & Lesbian Switchboard, The Texas Lesbian Conference, & The Pride Committee of Houston Friday, June 21, 1996 • 7 pm to 10 pm JAGS DronneUancci, Jl lll( »«0Hliv((tlltlof HlMSIOl '^''/■'""/ /7«*»W 5120 Woodway • $20 Donation Requested SILENT AND LIVE AUCTION OF CELEBRITY FOOTWEAR PUMP ART DESIGNED BY LOCAL ARTISTS Special Guest Speaker: Candace Gingrich Janis Ian's Revenge Interview By JON ANTHONY Grammy Award winner Janis Ian's career has spanned decades, four to be exact. That is not an easy .feat in such a highly competitive industry. Revenge , her newest album, demonstrates why this talented singer/songwriter has lasted in the frantic business known as the music industry. The album is one of Ian's best and that is quite an accomplishment. Known for her acoustic ability, Ian departs from the norm and offers a compelling compilation of harder edged tunes that flow with depths of emotion lhat Ian masterfully conveys. In a recent interview with the Houston Voice , Ian elaborated on her status in the industry and how coming out as a Lesbian personally transformed her inner self. Currently embarking on a continental U.S. tour, Ian is on the road promoting the album. "It's about survival." says Ian. "'It's about outlasting the enemy." Ian says she wanted to do something different from her last album, 1992's Breaking Silence . Although she thought it was a good album, she felt that it focused on the songs, not the music. Having worked previously with co-producer John Jennings. Ian and Jennings were in accord when selecting a band for the album. '(Revenge) took a different direction. There's a point where you choose the songs and after thai the album takes on its own life, ideally,' says Ian. Ian is going to change musical directions again on her next project tentatively slated io begin in October. She doesn'l feel that her style of music is harder for ihe younger generation of today to accept than that of previous generations. "It mighl be a little different for me because I'm ten to twelve years younger than some of the people I started with because I started when I was 14... bul the audience lhat I gel is a real cross-section between 16 lo the mid 50's and I find thai the real young ones are pirating their parents albums and have been for years. It's a cool thing to be hiiting ihree generations of people." said Ian. Asked if she ever tires of singing her staple of hits such as Al Seventeen, Jesse and Stars. Ian replied: "They've started to get a little old the last couple of years. Bui this year I'm out solo which I haven't done since I was 15 and everything has taken on a whole other cast because of it, so no. As corny as it sounds, I think it's a real privilege to be able lo write those kinds of songs." Ian has shown that she is adept at writing in general and not just a singer/songwriter, she is also a columnist for The Advocate magazine. "The Advocate managing editor, Judy Wieder, came to me two years ago and asked me if I'd be interested in writing a guest column and I said no," Ian recalls, Wieder did not relent and continued to pursue Ian in an attempt to persuade her to consider a regular column. "Finally, I literally went to lunch with her and my partner. They figured it all out. They had a list of due dates for me and some ideas for columns. I don'l know why she thought I could write, she doesn't know either she says, but apparently she was right." Having been coerced into a career sideline as a columnist, Ian admits she has succumbed and that she enjoys the task. "It's real different. As a journalist you can appreciate the difference to know that you've got a limit—al The Advocate it's a thousand words—and you've got to get everything you need to say into that," says Ian. "I tread that thin line between really being rude about being Gay and also have some sense about it. I try to write ii in a way where someone who is not Gay can understand it but where a gay person will feel like it's adding some dimension to their life." reasoned Ian. Ian is one of many lesbian singers who has come out in recent years, k.d. lang, Melissa Etheridge, Chastity Bono, etc. Asked if she encompassed any backlash as a result of her fortitude. Ian replied: "Just here Janis Ian and there. We've had silly things, like one label said they had too many lesbians already. I think the backlash happens more when you're dealing with all the people who are not out. Because once you're out, people lose a lot of their fear. But so long as you stay closeted or maintain (he altitude that it's no one's business. So long as you're passing, in effect, there are going to be repercussions, because people know," she opines. "It's funny because when Melissa, k.d. and I came out, we all thought that there would be this huge rush because we did it all within a month of each olher and there wasn't. Really, it's kind of stayed there. Only English male artists have came out besides us. There are no English female artists that have and no American male artists. It's a strange phenomenon." says Ian. Ian contends that coming oul for her was not ihe catharsis that some would like to bill it as. "1 was oul to my family and business. It certainly changes peoples perception of you. I don't know that il changes your perception of yourself. I never fell particularly closeted so it had less of an affect on me," says Ian. Ian has no desire to add acting to her career. She is perfectly comfortable being a writer and considering her impressive success through the last 30 years, it is apparent she made the right career choice. In addition to her writing. Ian has studied theater, ballet and interpretation with some of the most prestigious mentors in the business. Her musical compositions have been recorded by some of the industry's biggest stars across musical spectrums. Joan Baez, Cher, Bette Midler, Kathy Mattea. Mel Torme, Nanci Griffith, Amy Grant, John Mellencamp, Diane Shcuur, Etta James, Lee Greenwood, Chet Atkins and Glen Campbell have at one time or anolher recorded an Ian tune in the last thirty years. Ian's resume of songwriting credits speak volumes and are a testament to her uncanny ability as a wordsmith and her incomparable talents as a musician. Despite all of her accomplishments, Ian has not done all she has set out to do. She would love to perform wilh John Mellencamp again and sees that as a good possibility. An avid fan of Ani DeFranco, Ian believes that she has been an influence on her and vice versa. Ian would also like to work with Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon. If precedence is any indication, she most certainly will have that opporlu- nily. Ian lives with her partner Pal, a law student, and her two dogs, a dohie and a lea cup poodle—yes they get along "great" with each other. Janis Ian will perform live at Rockefellers this Saturday, June 22. Nancy Ford is the special opening guest. Ian encourages her fans to bring any memorabilia they wish to have her sign after the show. She will be selling copies of Revenge and have an autograph session following her performance. For concert information, call 869-T1CS.
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