November 12, 2018 no comments
Record label: Righteous Babe Records
First release: Ani DiFranco, 1990
Often hailed as a trailblazer in the music industry, the self-described "little folksinger" started her own record label at age 18 in her hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. Righteous Babe has grown to more than a dozen full-time employees, and recently completed a $10 million restoration of a 19th century Methodist church in downtown Buffalo that is now the label’s headquarters and a performing arts space. Over her 18-record career, DiFranco has periodically railed in song against the corporate recording industry marketing machine, which she shunned in 1990 in favor of selling cassettes after gigs she was playing on the college circuit. "Imagine how strange it must be for a girl who has spent ten years fighting as hard as she could against the lure of the corporate carrot and the almighty forces of capital, only to be eventually recognized by the power structure as a business pioneer," DiFranco, 37, wrote in a widely distributed 1997 letter to Ms. magazine.