Later, her father graduated from Rutgers University and began teaching in the New Jersey public school system.
A precocious toddler, Janis writes that her father used to say, “Janis started talking at seven months and never stopped.” At two-and-a-half years old, she persuaded her father, also a master music teacher, to give her piano lessons.

After she declared her homosexuality, he stood by her and issued an authoritative warning to anyone who might give her trouble: “Don’t mess with her…” He would bolster her confidence in her guitar playing, stressing her individuality.

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