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Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco

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Description of Ani DiFranco's Music:

folk-punk, singer-songwriter, protest music

Comparisons:

Ani DiFranco is one of her generation's most prominent folk pioneers, but she shows clear influences by singer/songwriters from Woody Guthrie to Joni Mitchell. If you already know and like Ani DiFranco's music, you should check out Dan Bern, Dar Williams, Anais Mitchell, Andrew Bird, and other artists who have released records via Ani Difranco's own Righteous Babe Records label.

Recommended Albums by Ani DiFranco:

[Ani DiFranco's full discography]
Ani Difranco (Righteous Babe, 1990) Compare Prices

Out of Range (Righteous Babe, 1994) Compare Prices

Living in Clip (Righteous Babe, 1997) Compare Prices

To The Teeth (Righteous Babe, 1999) Compare Prices

Revelling Reckoning (Righteous Babe, 2001) Compare Prices

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Ani DiFranco Album, DVD, and Book Reviews:

Ani DiFranco - Verses
DiFranco's first book of poetry, reviewed.

Ani DiFranco - Reprieve
A biting commentary on the Bush administration.

Ani DiFranco - Canon
A greatest hits collection.

Ani DiFranco - Red Letter Year
An album full of love songs.

Ani DiFranco - Live at Babeville
Concert DVD

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Ani Difranco Biography:

Angela Marie Difranco was born in 1970 in Buffalo, New York. She started playing guitar around the age of nine, and by the time she was in her pre-teen years, she was playing Beatles covers in bars and coffee shops around town. At 15 years old, emancipated and living on her own, the poems she had been writing for years had begun to evolve into song lyrics.

At the age of 19, DiFranco moved to New York City to live and play among all the other folksingers in the Village. During this time, she was also taking classes at the New School, but her weekends were spent touring and playing out in the Folk clubs, bars, festivals, and coffeehouses around the northeastern US.

Her first recording in 1990 sold out rapidly, and she quickly made a second record the following year. She released each on her own Righteous Babe label, which at first was more of a concept than anything. As her career gained more momentum, Ani was courted by A&R reps from major and minor labels, but she continued to turn them down.

Now, after two decades of playing over a hundred shows a year, DiFranco is packing clubs from the Hard Rock in Vegas to Carnegie Hall in New York. Her Righteous Babe label employs more than a dozen people in her hometown of Buffalo, and supports the recordings of cutting edge artists from Drums & Tuba to Andrew Bird and Toshi Reagan. And her rhythmic, staccato guitar technique has innovated the way the instrument is played.

After releasing about an album of new material each year for more than two decades, DiFranco has developed a habit of writing and recording more slowly and mindfully. Her 2012 release Which Side Are You On? saw her collaborating with Pete Seeger on that classic folk song penned during a coal mining strike in Kentucky, by Florence Reece.

She has two children and lives in New Orleans with her husband, Mike Napolitano.

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