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Jagged Little Week: remembering Alanis Morissette's perfectly imperfect album 20 years later
By
Holly Gordon

Published

June 5, 2015

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Read the complete oral history of Jagged Little Pill, as told through interviews with Alanis Morissette, co-writer Glen Ballard, Maverick Records' Guy Oseary and more.


Where were you when you first heard Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill? I was 12 when the album came out in 1995, and a friend and I managed to get our hands on the CD. We took her parents' car keys from the front room and sat in the family sedan, feet hanging out opposite windows in the Montreal summer heat. And we listened.

Never had an album spoken so directly to me. I knew nothing yet about most of what Alanis was saying, but my pre-teen heart knew that this was it: this was what I needed to hold on to while I grew through the years that would show me her truths. I would sing "You Oughta Know" at the top of my lungs, and years later my heart would break. And I would know.

Jagged Little Pill turns 20 on June 13, and CBC Music is celebrating its existence. Starting Monday, we’ll be streaming the album in full along with anecdotes of its making-of, plus life lessons from feminist writers and critics about growing up as Jagged Little Girls and we'll talk to 13 artists who were inspired by her perfectly imperfect album.

We also want you to share your Jagged Little Pill stories! Find us on TwitterFacebook or Instagram and let us know how you first heard the album. It’s all we really want.

We're celebrating Jagged Little Pill all week long. Click here next week for cover sessions, thoughts on the record and to find out which musicans were deeply affected by the 1995 album.