With eight Grammy nominations 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.
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About the Author
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 twenty-one 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 25 most influential artists of the past 25 years by CMJ New Music Monthly (alongside Nirvana and U2) and one of the 21 feminists for the 21st century by Ms. Magazine.
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With 19 full-length albums, 4.5 million records sold, and eight Grammy nominations in the 18 years of her career, Ani DiFranco could well be described as both prolific and successful, a feat not common for independent artists. Notably, all her records have been released on Righteous Babe Records (RBR), which she founded at age 18 in 1989. RBR has since released the albums of more than a dozen artists.Her first book of poetry, Self-evident: poesie e disegni, was published in 2004. Her second book, Verses, a collection of previously unpublished poetry and the lyrics to some of her most famous songs, was co released with Canon, the first retrospective album of her career, on September 11, 2007. Complementing her writing, 20 prints of her tempera paintings and drawings appear in Verses.I was familiar with all of the previously released poems in the book, which surprised me because, although I very much admire her work, I wouldn¿t describe myself as a fan of hers. Because most of the poems have been on one of her albums¿either as a song or spoken word¿I figured that reading them would be a bit dull. It wasn¿t. You don¿t have to be a fan to enjoy this book.Ani has a lot of nerve and it is expressed in her political writing. Much of her writing concerns politics and contemporary American social issues such as sexism, racism, homophobia, reproductive rights, abuse, poverty, and war. She is outspoken about her opinions and expresses her political views without hesitation. (¿cuz take away our play stations/and we are a third world nation/under the thumb of some blue blood royal son/who stole the oval office in that phony election¿) She is seen by many as a voice of conscience.DiFranco also has ¿the gift of lyrical precision,¿ Billboard says. ¿Nothing cuts to the core quite like the resolution of DiFranco rhyme.¿ Indeed, she has enviable rhythmic abilities. As Jeff Miers pointed out in The Buffalo News, ¿Her phrasing has always mixed syncopations, boasted a percussive attack, blended staccato burst with more languid, legato counterpoint.¿ ¿Most of my writing,¿ DiFranco says, ¿is intended to be performed¿spoken word or sung.¿ Because her writing is meant to be performed, surely there was some difficulty in making her poems as profound as her songs as well as readable. ¿Trying to place the words on the page¿where does the line break, and where does the stanza break, how is it all laid out?¿in order to keep the rhythm of the speech evident,¿ Ani says. ¿It was tricky for me, because when I attempt to read my own poems, I just hear my voice, because of how often I¿ve performed them. So it¿s hard to really see with my eyes what¿s happening on the page.¿But DiFranco did a very good job of translating her captivating voice into text. Her verse is almost as effective as her voice. If you have enjoyed listening to Ani¿s music, you will probably enjoy reading Verses. Even if you are unfamiliar with her work or don¿t particularly like it, I would recommend Verses.(first published in The Indy)
Ani Difranco rocks! If I could pick one role model for my daughter (or son, for that matter), she would definitely be on the short list. Confident, outspoken, willing to call out what's wrong, and able to express those things within a song or a poem.It's great to see some of her lyrics and poems in a nicely done book format. The conversation with Sekou Sundiata at the end of the book is wonderful. Ani helps us to see double -- beyond the literal. Anything can make us look, but art can make us see
"Verses" is a poetic book from indie-icon Ani Difranco. This hardcover book is filled with drawings to match her written lyrics. Many of the lyrics are well-known favorite lyrics.Included are a conversation between Ani Difranco and her former poetry teacher. Sometimes a drawing can provide a second way of seeing a lyric.The book like her records are licensed to her record label.