I started the show with a very outspoken song called "I Ain't Afraid." That's from her CD called "Edge," from 2000, and when I asked her what songs she is most known for that's one she mentioned right away.I want to interject that in ten years I've interviewed a lot of artists and when I was editing this interview I just marveled at how good her comments are.There's a very interesting quote on her website that I think sums up well her approach to her art.She says, ""I do not separate my music from my heart nor do I separate my ideas from my daily life.Abstract: These addenda to the papers of singer, songwriter, activist, actor, and author Holly Near contain concert contracts; performance programs, posters, and advertisements; television and movie scripts; personal correspondence and fan mail; photographs; and records of Redwood Records.Accession numbers: 98-M65, 2001-M3, 2001-M90, 2001-M127, 2002-M150, 2002-M151, 2003-M109, 2006-M214, 2007-M14, 2007-M32, 2007-M60, 2007-M66, 2007-M79, 2007-M83, 2007-M232, 2009-M19, 2009-M37, 2009-M114, 2009-M143, 2009-M170, 2009-M184, 2011-M220 Copyright.
At her death, copyright will be transferred to Timothy Near, Laurel Lowell Near, and Frederick Eli Near, after whose deaths copyright is transferred to Lucas Near Verbrugghe and Devon Near Hill, after whose deaths copyright is transferred to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library.If you know anything at all about the Women's Music Movement, then you know that Holly was one of the leading and earliest pioneers.And this show will just scratch the surface regarding her long career, a career that encompasses her work as a singer, producer, actor, author, activist and teacher.Although she started singing publicly at age eight, Holly’s professional life began in earnest with acting performances in such movies and TV shows as “Slaughterhouse Five,” “Minnie and Moskowitz,” “All in the Family,” “The Mod Squad” and “The Partridge Family,” and she appeared in “Hair” on Broadway.In the early ’70s, Holly decided on music as her major focus, especially that which addressed the social conditions of the world community, and started singing and writing songs. wars against Indochina, and the music industry’s disinterest in her outspoken lyrics, Holly launched her own record label, Redwood Records, one of the industry’s first artist-owned companies, in 1972.It has been a wonderful way to live and to work and I thank those of you who have been part of that support.Often you ask what you can do to help, so here's how.Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University© President and Fellows of Harvard College Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from the Radcliffe College Class of 1945.Call No.: MC 691Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University Creator: Holly Near Title: Additional papers of Holly Near, 1954-2011 (inclusive), 1975-2006 (bulk)Date(s): 1954-2011Date(s): 1975-2006Quantity: 26.65 linear feet (58 1/2 file boxes, 1 folio box, 1 folio box) plus 2 folio folders, 3 oversize folders, 1 supersize folder, 46 photograph folders, 2 folio photograph folders, 184 slides, 2 objects, electronic records)Language of materials: Materials in English.And Holly won't resist that cabaret side of her musical upbringing, so chances are you will get to hear a bit of the American songbook!My work has always depended on the support of social change movements and community rather than big record companies and corporations.