A legend of women's music
Holly Near invites audience members to find their best selves. Almost singlehandedly Holly created a whole slice of today's folk and acoustic music scene: politically engaged female songwriters who have spoken out for gender equality and for the freedom to love whomever we choose, and who have created new, independent ways of distributing their music—well, these numerous artists all have Holly Near to thank for blazing the way. In 1972, Holly was one of the first women to create an independent record company, paving the way for women like Ani DiFranco and others. Her goal was to promote and produce music by politically conscious artists from around the world, a mission that Redwood Records fulfilled for nearly 20 years. Often cited as one of the founders of the Women’s Music movement, she not only led the way for outspoken women in the music world, but also worked for peace and multicultural consciousness. Throughout her long career Holly has worked with a wide array of musicians, including Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Harry Belafonte, and many others.