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Digital Subscriptions > Curve > Oct/Nov2017 > THE EVERLASTING ANI DIFRANCO


The original Righteous Babe talks politics, Prince, and her new album.


When Ani DiFranco arrived on the music scene in 1990—an openly bisexual woman who used a traditional genre (folk music) to explore risky subject matter— she made an immediate impression. But it took the music industry suits a good half-dozen years to catch on. It was only after she’d released extremely popular albums like Not a Pretty Girl, Dilate, and Little Plastic Castle (all issued between 1995 and 1998) that the majors came calling. The first time we met, in December 2007, DiFranco told me exactly what she thought about signing with a major label: “I determined early on that, for me, being independent was not a means to an end…I looked at the five-year contracts, and whatever tiny percentage of my record sales I would actually see, and I just thought, ‘Fuck that.’ “ So, to her credit, Di- Franco has stayed on her own label, Righteous Babe Records, to this day, and she has continued to release CDs (by herself and other artists) prolifically.

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This issue, we chose basketball champion Sue Bird of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm as our cover girl. This newly out, four-time Olympic gold medal winner is a lesson in strength, persistence, and humility. I hope you enjoy Lucy J. Madison’s excellent interview on page 62. And if Sue Bird isn’t enough to inspire you to support your favorite team or athlete, be sure to go see Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone, when it is released nationally on September 22. Battle of the Sexes is about the famous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. King and Riggs played in the Houston Astrodome, and the match was nationally televised in 1973, long before ESPN and the Tennis Channel