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Ani DiFranco talks activism, mellowing with age, becoming a target and more



A quarter-century after founding Righteous Babe Records in her hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., Ani DiFranco is still as fiercely independent as ever, pondering big topics like race, incarceration, gender politics, LGBT rights and the relentless stream of invective she sees every day in the media.

"Human dynamics are so fascinating to me," she said in a recent phone interview.

Is she the same teenage maverick who shaved her head, founded her own record label and busked for years on the road to ensure her poetry, her music, her progressive politics and activism would never be diluted by the corporate music machine?

No. At 45, she has mellowed, is married with two kids, living in New Orleans.

"All of these things have made my biorhythm come down a few notches," she says, "which has been really good for my singing. And good for my soul. I think as I get older, I'm less full of that youthful confidence and unstoppable-ness."

DiFranco's live shows, however, remain where her voice and spirit come alive. Find out when she performs at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Oct. 7. Tickets are $35 and up. Click here.

For more of our interview with Ani DiFranco, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 1:59pm]


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