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ig-news-digest        tuesday, january 2 2001        volume 04 : number 001

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  [ig-news] re: igc:  nyt article                          []


date: mon, 1 jan 2001 22:44:04 est
subject: [ig-news] re: igc:  nyt article

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at]

here is relevant igc in the nyt article from sunday....... (the article is
far too long to type!)


the new york times
sunday, december 31, 2000
arts & leisure

"no last hurrah yet for political rock"
by ann powers

...............................the folk-rock duo the indigo girls may best
exemplify the thriving side of activist rock.  amy ray and emily saliers have
had some chart success during their decade long career but are sustained by a
large subculture rather than general adulation.  (their recent career
compilation, with liner notes by the feminist author susan faludi, was called
"retrospective," not "greatest hits," because the pair hasn't had enough hits
to earn the latter title.)  making music that touches both the mainstream and
the underground is just the first contradiction the duo uses to its

recording for epic, a major label, the group maintained independence by also
founding the independent daemon records, a co-op run by artists, in its home
base of atlanta.  extremely supportive of causes ranging from gay and lesbian
liberation to the rights of indigenous americans, the duo nonetheless mostly
records love songs and uplifting ballads.  and though the indigo girls'
melodious style and sound directly connect with the women's music movement
spearheaded by lesbian feminists like holly near in the 1970's, ms. ray, in
particular, associates as closely with the rough-edged future-looking punk
scene; her solo album, to be released this spring, features members of the
raw-sounding bands the butchies and the rock*a*teens.

engaging seemingly opposed forces to further their agenda, the indigo girls
have survived as political artists without need for a single galvanizing
cause.  unlike their countercultural forebears, ms. ray and ms. saliers don't
see themselves as part of a historic wave; even as they work within the
corporate music industry, they maintain a position of relative independence.

"i see the underground - the internet, independent media, community radio,
indie labels - as being our lifeblood," ms. ray said in her keynote speech at
the rockrgrl conference for women in music, which took place in seattle last
october.  such a statement by a major-label artist plays down ideological
distinctions between the radical edge and the compromising center in favor of
a down-to-earth approach that opens activism to everyone.  it fits a vision
not oriented around an over-arching movement but embracing an array of
interests, including animal rights, environmentalism, prison reform and the
fights against sweatshop labor and police brutality.  this vision holds up
neither the fringe radical nor the political insider as a hero; it asks
everyone to not glorify his own role but simply keep involved.

to some, this may seem the politics of lowered expectations.  but this
steal-the-spotlight approach is creating a vast field of activism whose
impact is only now beginning to be felt................................

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