Speaker - Ani DiFranco

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Ani DiFranco is a Grammy Award winning singer, guitarist, and songwriter. She is known as a prolific artist (having released nineteen albums) and is widely celebrated as a feminist icon.

DiFranco was born in Buffalo, New York to mother Elizabeth and father Dante, both graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She started playing Beatles covers at local bars and busking with her guitar teacher, Michael Meldrum, at the age of nine.

In 1989, DiFranco started her own record company, "Righteous Records" (renamed Righteous Babe Records in 1994. Prior to the renaming of Righteous Records to Righteous Babe Records. Early Releases of her CDs produced prior to 1994 are labeled with the original Righteous Records label. Her self-titled debut album was issued on the label in the winter of 1990. Later, she relocated to New York City, where she took poetry classes at The New School and toured vigorously.

All of her albums have been released on Righteous Babe Records of which she is CEO. In 2007 she released her first retrospective entitled, Canon, and a book of poetry, Verses.

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Ani DiFranco in Conversation

04.09.08 | 00:31:32 min | 2 comments