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On the Record: Ani DiFranco’s Ani DiFranco

UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: VH1 Photo of Ani DI FRANCO (Photo by Patrick Ford/Redferns)

“On the Record” is a new SPIN feature where artists discuss their new, classic or re-released album and share the stories behind it.

Artist: Ani DiFranco

Album: Ani DiFranco

Number of tracks: 13

Label: Righteous Babe Records

Release Date: Nov. 1, 1990

Vinyl Reissue Date: July 17, 2021

Ani DiFranco has put out 21 albums—excluding live albums and including this year’s Revolutionary Love—since her self-titled, feminist-Rosetta stone, anthemic debut thudded against the merrily partying boys club of rock ‘n roll in 1990. Ani was the record’s only musician and sang of a different sexual revolution, one that launched her into the cultural collective as one of the most important and one of the most gifted artists in modern music.

For the second Record Store Day Drop on July 17, she’s re-releasing Ani DiFranco on vinyl. Sure, you can still stream it, but get the vinyl. If you can’t play it, buy a turntable. There are simply no excuses for not owning this record.

And later this year she’s doing a few live dates, starting at the Green River Festival in Greenfield, Massachusetts on Aug. 29. Check out her site for the latest info on her mini-tour.

We’re thrilled to launch this new series with Ani, and asked her to go on the record about, well, her rereleased debut record.


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