music & activism

50 creative years celebrating
the human spirit through music

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This is a conversation between Holly Near and some of the artists that are featured on Because of A Song: https://becauseofasong.com

The event was streamed December 4, 2022.

Because of a Song is an online archive documenting the extraordinary feminist and lesbian music that burst forth from the heart of Oakland, CA. Produced by Holly Near, Because of a Song features over 30 hours of filmed conversation, 4 short films featuring Linda Tillery, Carolyn Brandy, Mary Watkins and Melanie DeMore, a curated resource room, a listening room of over 600 songs in 6 playlists, a captioned photo gallery of nearly 200 images, and much more.

No story is the whole story. We simply leave a trail. The world has always been (and continues to be) changed Because of a Song.



tour schedule

Due to Covid Holly is not touring. From time to time she appears on a Zoom event. Those events are usually posted by Goldenrod Music on the Holly Near Fan page on Facebook.


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