In a new memoir, singer/songwriter and activist Ani DiFranco connects herself to people in a new way and re-experiences her life from a place of hard-won wisdom and maturity that combines personal expression, music, feminism, political activism, storytelling, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, motherhood, and much more into one inspiring whole. Here in poetic, honest pages is the tale of an eventful and radical life, defined by an ethos of bravery. For past and future fans, Ani is living proof that you can overcome all personal and internal obstacles to be who you are and to follow your dreams.
"Fans of DiFranco's angry folk-punk music know that her song lyrics are an incisive cut right to the truth, and her between-song banter is charmingly random. This pretty much sums up her memoir, which presents her origin story in disjointed flashes. She doesn't draw a direct line between growing up in a funky, wall-less house in Buffalo and her ferociously independent, fiercely DIY personality, instead infusing her years of homelessness and much-older boyfriends with a kind of as Dolly Parton sang good old days when times were bad vibe. She also expounds, fascinatingly and poetically, on her unique sound: the percussive nature of the acoustic guitar, the power of silence. DiFranco is a study in contradictions: she is equal parts Earth Goddess and Fuck the Man; she bristles at the label of entrepreneur because she created Righteous Babe Records to avoid the capitalist recording industry. Though the time line is not totally straightforward, DiFranco concludes her account just after 9/11, as her success led to personal and creative frustrations. This unexpected memoir will be of interest to the many feminists DiFranco has inspired.--Susan Maguire Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review:
"DiFranco, a Grammy Award-winning musician and political activist, makes her literary debut in this powerful reflection on her life and career. Born in 1970, DiFranco grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of an aeronautical engineer father and an architect mother, who designed their wall-less, "donut-shaped" house. DiFranco credits her father with forming her "musical subconscious" by introducing her to the music of composer Aaron Copland, guitarist John Fahey, and folk musician Pete Seeger; her mother, meanwhile, instilled in her a sense of social activism. DiFranco began her musical career as a preteen, learning the piano and the guitar while writing her own songs. After her parents separated, she moved out of her mother's house at age 15, finding spare rooms with friends and even sleeping in the bus station. DiFranco immersed herself in music ("I began my musical journey at the intersection of Suzanne Vega and John Martyn"), and moved to New York City in 1989, where she studied poetry and feminism at the New School. In 1990, she cofounded Righteous Babe Records and released her self-titled debut record. Throughout, DiFranco writes of her self-doubts and romantic hardships, including her 2003 divorce from husband Andrew Gilchrist; she also discusses her advocacy for women's reproductive rights (she herself had two abortions; she now has two children). Honest and passionate, DiFranco's memoir will resonate with her many fans. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved