No Walls and the Recurring Dream

No Walls and the Recurring Dream

A Memoir

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"A memoir by the celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco. In her new memoir, Ani DiFranco recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of music, feminism, political activism, storytelling, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and much more into an inspiring whole. In these frank, honest, passionate, and often funny pages is the tale of one woman's eventful and radical journey to the age of thirty. Ani's coming of age story is defined by her ethos of fierce independence -- from being an emancipated minor sleeping in a Buffalo bus station, to unwaveringly building a career through appearances at small clubs and festivals, to releasing her first album at the age of 18, to consciously rejecting the mainstream recording industry and creating her own label, Righteous Babe Records. In these pages, as in life, she never hesitates to challenge established rules and expectations, maintaining a level of artistic integrity that has impressed many and antagonized more than a few. Ani continues to be a major touring and recording artist as well as a celebrated activist and feminist, standing as living proof that you can overcome all personal and societal obstacles to be who you are and to follow your dreams." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780735225176
0735225176
Branch Call Number: B DiFranco, Ani DIF
Characteristics: 306 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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SCL_Pascale Jul 22, 2019

I enjoyed how Ani's memoir was broken up into vignettes tied together by a loose storyline - it made the book feel much more fast-paced and I could skip the sections I wasn't interested in without missing too much. She's certainly a fantastic and funny storyteller whose eloquence in songwriting transfers well to prose. The story dragged a bit near the middle when she was introducing people who would only be around for a chapter or two, while hardly examining characters who'd been with her for almost the entire book. There were quite a few significant events near the end, making the conclusion feel quite abrupt. I wish Ani would've been more reflective about her decisions, especially since she could've avoided quite a few sketchy situations with a healthy dose of common sense. Overall, if you're a fan of independent musicians, feminists, and folk music, I'd recommend it.

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