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Musical Highlights From the Play "Fire in the Rain" chronicles the Holly Near songs from her autobiographical play. As such, it is in effect a compilation of some of Near's best work, from standards like "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and "If I Loved You" to feminist and lesbian anthems like "Started Out Fine" and "Simply Love," dating back 20 years and re-recorded. She is in wonderful voice and is accompanied by pianist John Bucchino and occasional strings. This is a good way to sample Near's warm, political, triumphant style.


Born: 06 June 1949 in Ukiah, CA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Entering the field of topical songwriting after the activism of the 1960s, Holly Near promoted a variety of left-wing political causes with music that touched on folk, rock, and the musical theater, starting in the early 1970s. Beginning with her work against the Vietnam War, she turned to radical lesbian feminism before again expanding her concerns to include international issues. A red-diaper baby of leftist parents, Near grew up on a ranch in the small Northern California town of Potter Valley....
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