Ani DiFranco ~ "songwriter, musicmaker, storyteller, freak".
"I don't think the music industry is conducive to artistic and social change and growth. It does a lot to exploit and homogenize art and artists. In order to challenge the corporate music industry, I feel it necessary to remain outside it. I could be selling a lot more albums. Life could be a lot more cushy. But it's much more interesting to try and hammer out an alternative route without the music industry and maybe be an example for other musicians. You don't have to play ball," notes DiFranco.
Major inspiration to Allison Crowe, who created Rubenesque Records Ltd., (about to release a seventh CD since 2003), the music of Ani DiFranco is a cherished feature of Crowe's live performances.
Heres Ani's song "32 Flavors" performed by Allison (vocals, piano), Dave Baird (bass), and Kevin Clevette (drums) live at Lucky Bar, Victoria, Canada in 2001. (Captured by Condor, later engineered by David Powell.)
Photo by Billie Woods