By Ani Difranco
(Seven Stories Press, Hardcover, 9781583228234, 95pp.)
Publication Date: September 2007
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"She's got the gift of lyrical precision--nothing cuts to the core quite like the resolution of DiFranco rhyme."--"Billboard"
With eight Grammy nominations, a gold record, and sales of over 4.5 million, Ani DiFranco is one of America's most fiercely independent and beloved musicians, as well as an outspoken voice of conscience. For the first time, she releases a book of poetry and paintings capturing her essential artistry that has helped define and invigorate a new generation.
"Ani DiFranco: Verses" rages, eulogizes, menaces, revels, and envisions. With a poet's precision and a citizen's stake, DiFranco finds the meeting places of intimacy and politics, of self and country, of resolve and compromise, and of the fickle and magnificent capacities of love and solitude.
In 1990 at the age of eighteen, Ani DiFranco rewrote the rules of the record industry when she created her own label, Righteous Babe Records, as an alternative to beckoning corporate offices. Since then, RBR has released nineteen full-length DiFranco albums to critical acclaim, and is now home to over a dozen cutting-edge new artists. DiFranco was named one of the top twenty-five most influential artists of the past twenty-five years by "CMJ New Music" (alongside Nirvana and U2) and one of 21 Feminists for the 21st Century by "Ms. Magazine." Together with "Ani DiFranco: Verses," she released her first retrospective album, "Canon," in September 2007, and proceeded on a twenty-city tour in the United States.