Jun 13, Holly Near watched the candles move like a gentle river of fire, quietly flowing from The date was November 27th of , and San Francisco. Holly Near tour dates and concert tickets in on Eventful. Get alerts. Holly Near Fan, Ukiah, California. 12K likes. Holly Near is a unique combination of entertainer, teacher, and activist.
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She also appeared in films such as Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse-Fiveand Minnie and Moskowitz and had a prominent role in the film Dogfight.
InNear was a cast member of the Broadway musical Hair. Following the Kent State shootings in May of that year, the entire cast staged a silent vigil in protest.
Inshe joined the FTA Free The Army Touran anti-Vietnam War road show of music, comedy, and plays that performed for soldiers, many of whom were resisting war and racism from within the military. Near was only 21 and the youngest member of the troupe. InNear founded an independent record label called Redwood Records to produce and promote music by "politically conscious artists from around the world". Near wrote an autobiography in the early nineties called Fire in the Rain, Singer in the Storm.
Near hosted many of the tributes to both Pete Seeger and Ronnie Gilbert, two members of the seminal folk group The Weavers. In her work with the choruses she focuses on diction, drama, and understanding the intention of the lyric.
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She also appears as a soloist with several of the choruses and many of her songs have been arranged for choral singing. InNear released a new recording titledreflecting on issues including the environment, aging, domestic violence and the unresolved storm damage in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria.
In Octobera documentary film titled Holly Near: InNear came out as a lesbian  and began a three-year relationship with musician Meg Christian. Near was probably the first out lesbian to be interviewed in People Magazine. She added LGBT issues to her international peace work as she continued to present social change music around the world and at home.
Although Holly was one of the most visible artists in the lesbian community, she was also becoming aware that " monogamous " defined her sexuality more than any other title. Near has been in a relationship with a man since However, she does not identify as bisexual.
Just isn't a handle I relate to. I include human and civil rights in all that I do.
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I relate to that term. I am a feminist. If I am with a woman I am a feminist. If I am alone I am a feminist.Moscone Milk Memorial 2008 - Holly Near
If I am with a man I am a feminist. And until the one I am with and I part ways, then I am just what I am in that relationship and I don't much think about what I will do next. I focus more on what I bring to that relationship. It is a full-time job being honest one moment at a time, remembering to love, to honor, to respect.
At eight, she performed at a local Veterans of Foreign Wars talent show and began taking voice lessons. In high school, she joined with two friends to form the Freedom Singers, a Kingston Trio-like group.
Her musical taste was also shaped by her parents' extensive record collection that included everything from singer Paul Robeson to Judy Garland. She relocated to New York City to study singing and dancing inbut soon returned to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
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In she received a part in a Broadway version of Hair, and received roles in two films, Todd Killings and Minnie and Moskowitz. Near also worked frequently in television, making appearances on The Partridge Family and All in the Family. Near also dived head first into the political ferment of the late s and early s, joining with actors Donald Southerland and Jane Fonda for a controversial tour of Southeast Asia in protest against the Vietnam War.
She returned in as a member of the Indochina Peace Campaign and was inspired her to start writing topical songs. In the early s, long before it became the norm to do so, Near founded Redwood Records and released her first album, Hang in There in Her liberal political views were evident from her first album, and she became known as an early practitioner of "women's music. As the s dawned, Near became even more prolific while simultaneously committing to new causes.
She teamed up with Ronnie Gilbert, one of the founding members of the Weavers, to release Lifeline in and Singing With You in The pairing of the two politically-minded artists seemed a natural, especially in relation to the fact that Near had dedicated her second album to Gilbert. She joined the HARP concert with Gilbert, Pete Seegerand Arlo Guthrie in the concert's name was constructed from the first letter of each artist's first nameand the music would be issued as Harp: A Time to Sing!
Singer in the Storm: An Autobiography with Derk Richardson in Fire in the Rain. Near has faced a number of challenges related to her radical views and the difficulty of managing one's own record company. Cook in American Music, "Near has been judged too political a musician for pop music, too feminist for politically committed music, too straight for lesbian-identified music, even too studio-produced for those used to her live album format.
While Near weathered many storms, Redwood Records experienced financial problems during the mids, eventually going out of business. Near also faced her most personal crisis in when she began recording Edge. Performed in movies, plays, and television programs, late s and early s; founded Redwood Records, ; released solo albums on Redwood, ; released Lifeline and Singing With You with Ronnie Gilbert, and ; wrote autobiography, Fire in the Rain