No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir

No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir

by Ani DiFranco
No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir

No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir

by Ani DiFranco


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A memoir by the celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco

In her memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, 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 question established rules and expectations, maintaining a level of artistic integrity that has inspired and challenged 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735225190
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 289,455
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ani DiFranco is a Grammy-winning musical artist and feminist icon recognized for her poetry and songwriting which pierces social convention and challenges the status quo, as well as for her social activism and political engagement. One of the first artists to create her own label in 1990, she is the mother of the DIY movement and has sold over 5.5 million albums on her own Righteous Babe Records and recently released her twentieth studio album. While she has been known as the "Little Folksinger," her music has embraced many genres and collaborators ranging from Pete Seeger to Chuck D to Prince. She lives in New Orleans.

Table of Contents

Introducing… 1

Self Evident 4

1 No Walls 11

Pedigree 15

Plans 17

Martin Luther 19

Exposure 22

Names 23

The Lake 25

Dancing 29

2 Hello Friend 33

And Hello Friend 36

Making Songs 1 38

Gigging 39

Emancipation 41

The Big Apple 45

The Unread Note 47

Suzi 49

Precipice 53

Reproductive System 55

Silences 57

760 Ashland Avenue 60

Scot Fisher 62

Talent Contest 64

Wildcat Builders 66

The Road Not Taken 67

3 Making Songs 2 69

My Other Other Voice 70

If You Can Make It There … 72

Eponymous Debut 76

Traveling Salesmen 80

Pay to Play 83

Strays 85

Too Good to Be True 88

Now Voyager 90

The New School for Social Research 96

Boopha 98

Sekou 102

Racist Bullshit 106

Activation 108

Pete Seeger 112

4 The New Frontier 117

The Lone Star State 123

Unwelcome Home 127

Once More With Feeling 128

The Slant 134

My IQ 136

Beauty and the Beast 137

Californiiay 139

Reverse Objectification 142

Up a Notch 144

Typhoid Mary 148

The Changing of the Guard 149

Andy 153

Water Water Everywhere 157

Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago 159

I.R.S. 162

Rendezvous 163

Mexico 167

5 Mish 173

Folk festivals 179

Utah 181

The Alphabet vs The Goddess 186

Making Songs 3 190

A Record of an Event 191

The Boob Tube 197

A Mother's Work 201

It's Not an Adventure, It's a Job 204

Merch 207

Goat 208

Heidi Ho 212

Chick Singers 216

Hitchfest 220

Arbitration 221

6 Italia 227

Spewing Chunks 230

Muscle Cars 232

Excuse Me, Ms.? 235

Rebirth 240

Grand Canyon 242

The Guthrie Archives 246

Nora 249

Cultural Equity 251

Fellow Workers 253

A Matter of Life and Death 256

Maceo 258

Making Songs 4 262

A Prince Among Men 263

Photo Shoots 268

7 Longstory Short 273

Why Are You Getting So Mad? 275

Grey 281

The Crash 283

Late Night 285

Subdivision 286

8 The Shock Was Subsonic 289

Crash Number Two 294

Platforms 296

Platforms 297

Making Songs 5 299

Akimbo 300

Whole Other Girls 301

Imagine That 303

Other People's Trash 304

Recurring Dream 306

Acknowledgments 307

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