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After contemplating whether she wanted to dedicate herself more to acting or music, Holly started one of the first woman-run, artist-run record labels, Redwood Records, in 1972. Redwood's first release was Holly's Hang in There album (now out of print), which featured her staunch social stances in the areas of peace and feminism.
Throught the next 20 years, Holly released 15 more albums on her own Redwood Records, including a collaborative effort with Arlo Guthrie. In all, Near has recorded 26 albums to date, though many of her earlier recordings are now out of print. She is currently working on getting those albums back into print, as well as continuing to produce new, purposeful, and poignant work.
Throughout the years, Near has also collaborated with Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger, Bonnie Raitt, Cris Williamson, and others. She has also become a teacher – offering classes in performing and songwriting.
Most notable is Near's humanitarian work. She is an activist and an advocate for important organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Organization for Women (NOW), and more. In 2005, she was voted as one of the 1000 Women for a Nobel Peace Prize.
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