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Ani DiFranco

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Book Description

Sept. 4 2007

“She’s got the gift of lyrical precision—nothing cuts to the core quite like the resolution of DiFranco rhyme.”—Billboard

With eight Grammy nominations, a gold record, 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.

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 nineteen 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 twenty-five most influential artists of the past twenty-five years by CMJ New Music (alongside Nirvana and U2) and one of 21 Feminists for the 21st Century by Ms. Magazine. Together with Ani DiFranco: Verses, she released her first retrospective album, Canon, in September 2007, and proceeded on a twenty-city tour in the United States.


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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: #315,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

With eight Grammy nominations, a gold record, and overall sales of over 4.5 million albums, Ani DiFranco is one of America's most accomplished recording artists. She created her own record label Righteous Babe Records in 1990. Since then, she has released 21 albums that consistently top Billboard charts.

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different from what I expected, but utterly worthwhile! Sept. 6 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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 Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
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 Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
3 of 4 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 Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection of Poetry and Art Feb. 24 2014
By Shay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read this book so many times that I've memorized it from cover to cover. It's to the point where I don't even have to have the book to read it anymore. I can lay back and recite every single word of every poem in my head and revel in the talent that is Ani DiFranco and her poetry. If that doesn't say something about how good this book is, I don't know what will.

Some of these poems are ones that were made into song (Self-Evident, Coming Up, As Is, to name a few), so an Ani fan will recognize them. However, some of these poems are ones that I haven't found in song form that you can only read when you purchase this book. If you're an Ani fan you'll love the familiarity and also get excited about unreleased works. If you're new to Ani DiFranco, know that a lot of the poems you enjoy in this book have a song accompaniment that you can enjoy as well.

The book also features some of Ani's art, which is often related to the poem its placed next to. (In Not So Soft there's a line "I look up, it looks like the buildings are burning, but it's just the sun setting, the solar system calling an end to another business day" and the painting next to it is the image of the buildings "burning.") There's also some wacky drawings (such as aliens in a bathtub), and you'll find yourself liking the art work as much as the poetry.

This is a great book because of the different mediums of talent Ani possesses. Poetry, music, art. This book has everything. If you like poetry at all, get this book. The content of the poetry is a unique combination of politics, self-evidence, feminism, and love, and I've never read anything like it. Do yourself a favor and buy this book.
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