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Ani DiFranco: Verses [Hardcover]

Ani DiFranco

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Book Description

Sept. 4 2007
With eight Grammy nominations and sales of over 4.5 million, Ani DiFranco is one of America’s most fiercely independent and beloved musicians, as well as an outspoken voice of conscience. For the first time, she releases a book of poetry and paintings, capturing her essential artistry that has helped define and invigorate a new generation. Ani DiFranco: Verses rages, eulogizes, menaces, revels, and envisions. With a poet’s precision and a citizen’s stake, DiFranco finds the meeting places of intimacy and politics, of self and country, of resolve and compromise, and of the fickle and magnificent capacities of love and solitude.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press; 1 edition (Sept. 4 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583228233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583228234
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 17.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In 1990 at the age of eighteen, ANI DIFRANCO rewrote the rules of the record industry when she created her own label Righteous Babe Records as an alternative to beckoning corporate offices. Since then, RBR has released twenty-one full-length DiFranco albums to critical acclaim, and is now home to over a dozen cutting-edge new artists. DiFranco was named one of the top 25 most influential artists of the past 25 years by CMJ New Music Monthly (alongside Nirvana and U2) and one of the 21 feminists for the 21st century by Ms. Magazine.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different from what I expected, but utterly worthwhile! Sept. 6 2007
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I suppose I didn't read enough into the description because I had a different understanding of what the book was. I expected more unpublished poetry from Ani (similar to the Italian publication). Instead, this is primarily a collection of her songs printed in poetic form -- which has a certain fluidity, tenor, and tone that sets them apart from their auditory existence. Only a few of the "verses" printed are new works that were not released as songs and this initially disappointed me (hence the 4-stars). However, the sense of familiarity is growing on me and I'm appreciating the chance to mull over her writing from another perspective. At first you can't help but hear the song as you read, but the deeper I got into Verses, the more I was able to imagine greater complexity of motivation and varying understandings for the pieces. Ani has so much of great significance to say and sometimes that doesn't impact the listener as deeply as it can the reader. Her pen is truly mighty and my admiration has only grown. Also, the artwork inside is beautiful and from what I can ascertain, Ani played a major role in the art design (ie, no separate illustration credit, just a three-person "Design" credit headed by Ani). All in all, is is clearly a must for any Ani fan or lover of poetry.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars if i had known it was just her lyrics.... Dec 18 2007
By Dann Dempsey - Published on
For a slim volume of verse, I kinda expected it to have only previously unprinted poems. There were a few, and those new ones were really enjoyable. Her other song lyrics were really enjoyable when I read them the first time, like 15 years ago, but I was disappointed to see that this small book was almost entirely recycled.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different form, same brilliance... Dec 1 2007
By Jeffrey B. Baker - Published on
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I picked this up for my girlfriend's b-day and found myself reading a good chunk of it before I managed to pass it on... it's cool to see her words on paper and chew on them in a different form. Ani has a hell of a gift... definitely not light entertainment, she will make you think. If you're like me you'll find just a tiny dose of this very filling, but the girl devoured it all in one evening. Either way, get it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ani's poetry is Amazing. Oct. 17 2007
By A. January - Published on
If you like Ani Difranco, or if you just like great poetry, you will love this book. It is filled with the best poetry from her music career and some new verses that are definitely worth pondering. This is a beautiful book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Verses: Listen through your eyes July 12 2010
By C. Matthias - Published on
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I have been a long time fan of Ani Difranco, and count her among my top heroes. The book "Verses" offers validation to what her fans have long known--Difranco is a master poet. In this book there is a chance to read what has been listened to, and something happens in the reading that cannot happen in the listening. There is a migration of thought from "Ani is a sharp, well spoken, fireball of a folk singer" to "Ani finely crafts and structures each line of her poems".

This however is supposed to be a review, not just the gushing of a fan. The Book is nicely bound in hardcover. Several images that are familiar from Ani albums accompanied as frame-able prints. The art within the book is wonderful, and reminiscent of the image and poetic/prose pairing in the Kahlil Gibran books. Very nice.

Also pleasant is the dedication to and inclusion of conversations with Sekou Sandiate; a mentor and friend of Difranco. Ani has made clear over her career the importance of connecting with the past, and strength through collaboration and encounters with mentors and heroes. Here she takes the opportunity to demonstrate her conviction, and humility once again.

Ani's music has been a major touchstone in my life, however some of my friends have described difficulty in being able to understand her words. (she is not an artist to be encountered only with a cursory glance, but rather to be submerged in) This book offers the means to share the artist's words and concepts, which this fan would say is her greatest offering.

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