Jim Page's reputation is as a political songwriter, in the tradition of Woody Guthrie or early Bob Dylan, but that's only one facet of what he does. He's an activist, but also a writer of great compassion. Born in Palo Atlo and raised in San Jose, at the age of 15 he took up the guitar. In 1970, while still young, he hitchhiked across the continent to New York, but not finding it to his liking, moved back across the U.S. to settle in Seattle. He tried to make a living busking on the streets, which was actually forbidden by law at the time, and after a few run-ins with the police, Page succeeded in having the laws changed in 1974. But by 1977 America had palled, and Page decamped to Europe, living there until 1983, when he finally returned to Seattle, where he still lives. Although primarily a live performer, Page has released a number of albums and gained fame for his political songs, especially "Collateral Damage" from 2002. But he released his first LP in 1976, since which time he's put out a total of 17 albums, including the compilation Human Interesting. Although he primarily appears in clubs and on the concert stage, Page is also a veteran of house concerts and classrooms, and remains an outspoken political activist.
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