Brenda Kahn
Not a Pretty Girl
Back to Basics
Ani DiFranco

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Anti-Folk stood in direct contrast to the warmhearted traditions of folk music -- at least, what was perceived to be the traditions of the folk of the '50s and '60s. The songwriters and performers in the anti-folk movement were raised on punk, inspired by its raw, direct power. They had that same vibe, the same desire to shock and protest -- the only difference was, they did it with just an acoustic guitar and blistering, intelligent lyrics. Such singer/songwriters as Roger Manning and Billy Bragg brought the genre attention in the '80s. Often, anti-folk seemed forever tied to the '80s, since much of it was protest about Reagan and Thatcher, but it managed to survive since artists like Ani DiFranco found ways to keep its spirit alive in the '90s.

Anti-Folk Artists Highlights

Brenda Kahn
Brenda Kahn
Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco
Jeffrey Lewis
Jeffrey Lewis
Billy Bragg
Billy Bragg
Cindy Lee Berryhill
Cindy Lee Berryhill
Roger Manning
Roger Manning

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Anti-Folk Album Highlights

Not a Pretty Girl
Ani DiFranco
Not a Pretty Girl
Back to Basics
Billy Bragg
Back to Basics
Living in Clip
Ani DiFranco
Living in Clip
Short Sharp Shocked
Michelle Shocked
Short Sharp Shocked
Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions
Billy Bragg / Wilco
Mermaid Avenue: The ...
Talking with the Taxman About Poetry
Billy Bragg
Talking with the Taxman ...

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Anti-Folk Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Shy Ani DiFranco
A New England Billy Bragg
Shameless Ani DiFranco
Memories of East Texas Michelle Shocked
Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key Billy Bragg / Wilco
Greetings to the New Brunette Billy Bragg
The Milkman of Human Kindness Billy Bragg
Love Gets Dangerous Billy Bragg
Genie Ani DiFranco
Out of Range Ani DiFranco

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