1949

1949

Holly born into a family that encourages creativity.

1955

1955

Having made friends with Native American children at grammar school, begins to witness racism for the first time.

1958

1958

Sings in a talent contest in Ukiah, at a Veterans of Foreign Wars talent competition.

1959

1959

Sings at Talmage Mental Hospital - an experience that shapes young Holly's consciousness of mental illness, as well as how many of the programs in mental hospitals and prisons are under-funded

1961

1961

While at the Perry-Mansfield music camp in Colorado works with nationally acknowledged dance, theater and music teachers

1964

1964

Starts high school in Ukiah, California. Joins a student committee dedicated to changing the dress code.

1965

1965

Near family gets a TV.  News footage of the civil rights movement very influencial on young Holly.

1965-2

1965

Sings with a high school folk group called The Freedom Singers, unaware of the original Freedom Singers in the Civil Rights Movement.

1966

1966

Protests the military recruiters on campus at Ukiah High School

1967

1967

Wins Bank of America Achievement Award in the field of Fine Arts

1967-2

1967

Starts school at UCLA.  Auditions for theater arts program singing Pirate Jenny from Three Penny Opera

1968

1968

Plays lead in Guys and Dolls at UCLA, gets laryngitis, discovers she has nodules on vocal chords

1968-2

1968

Goes into several weeks of silence to heal vocal chords, works with a voice teacher in Philadelphia who suggests Holly study to be an opera singer. Holly declines.

1968-3

1968

Back in LA, Holly works with Another Mother For Peace in Beverly Hills, along side her sister, Timothy Near.

1968-4

1968

Holly and Timothy sing in a few prisons. Very challenging.

1968-5

1968

Gets job in her first film, Angel, Angel Down We Go

1969

1969

Lives in Venice, California. Continues working in film and TV - Partridge Family, Mod Squad.  Tries to balance Hollywood life and racial strife in Venice.

1970

Lands spot in Broadway cast of Hair. Cast does silent vigil in response to Kent State massacre.

1970-2

1970

Returns to California to do a film, The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart. Holly tells a friend, "Women's lib is OK for women who need it." Lives long enough to laugh at that remark.

1971

1971

Attends a meeting with her sister Timothy, put on by Hollywood people who want to oppose the war – EIPJ – Entertainment Industry for Peace and Justice.

1971-2

1971

Auditions for Free the Army; cast includes Michael Alaimo

1971-3

1971

Touring in Pacific with FTA inspires her to write over a dozen songs, many of which will be on her first solo recording, Hang In There

1972

1972

Works as receptionist for Pentagon Papers trial.

1972-2

1972

Is approached by Tom Hayden to participate in the Indochina Peace Campaign and becomes a founding member

1972-3

1972

Writes her first feminist song, It's More Important To Me

1972-4

1972

Lands role in the film, Slaughterhouse Five

1973

1973

Starts Redwood Records to support the release of first album, Hang In There

1974

1974

Tours US with Jeff Langley, singing at union halls, churches, prisons, and universities.

1974-2

1974

Releases A Live Album, dedicated to Ronnie Gilbert. Goes to Vietnam with Jeff as guest of Vietnamese Musicians Union.

1975

1975

Sings in Building Women show in L.A. with Lily Tomlin, Meg Christian, Cris Williamson, Margie Adam, and the Alice Stone's Ladies Society Orchestra.

1975-2

1975

Does support work with United Farm Workers

1976

1976

Records the album, You Can Know All I Am

1976-2

1976

Participates in the "Women on Wheels" tour of California. Sister, Timothy, signs songs at concerts, introducing American Sign Language for the first time to many hearing audiences and instrumental in developing access for hearing-impaired

1976-3

1976

Comes out publicly as a lesbian at 1st Michigan Womyn's Music Festival.

1976-4

1976

Begins working with American Sign Language interpreter, Susan Freundlich

1976-5

1976

Writes Fight Back for feminist anti-violence demonstration in L.A.

1977

1977

Takes a women's peace delegation to Hiroshima that includes Bernice Reagon and Amy Horowitz

1978

1978

Writes Singing for Our Lives for Harvey Milk memorial.

1979

1979

Plans 26-city tour for a Nuclear Free Future - then hears news of Three Mile Island disaster

1979-2

1979

Sings at National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights

1979-3

1979

Redwood releases Sweet Honey in the Rock's B'lieve I'll Run On... a first coalition effort

1979-4

1979

Receives Bay Area Music Award (Bammie) 1979 Best Independent Label Album, Imagine My Surprise. An unusual achievement, this being an out lesbian recording.

1980

1980

Sings with Ronnie Gilbert (of The Weavers) for the first time, as seen in the film Wasn't That A Time!

1981

1981

Speaks on art and politics at National Mobilization for Survival Conference

1981-2

1981

Goes on tour to save Womens' Studies programs

1981-3

1981

People magazine runs a story on Holly and she becomes, perhaps, the first out lesbian to be interviewed in a popular "supermarket" magazine

1981-4

1981

Releases Fire in the Rain

1982

1982

Sings at huge June 12th anti-nuke rally, 1 million people gather in Central Park

1982-2

1982

Creates and performs a show with her sisters called "The Near Sisters" bringing theatre and dance back into Holly's work

1982-3

1982

Does 50-city tour: "Be Disarming-Challenge the Nuclear Mentality." Sings to 200,000 at Artists for Disarmament rally in W. Germany.

1982-4

1982

Sixth album released, Speed of Light

1983

1983

Sings in Brussels for International Women's Day

1983-2

1983

National tour and live album Lifeline with Ronnie Gilbert

1983-3

1983

Forms Redwood Records Cultural and Educational Fund

1983-4

1983

Receives Detroit City Council Testimonial Resolution honoring Holly Near. Receives City and County of San Francisco Certificates of Honor

1983-5

1983

"Journeys Down Under" tour in late '83, organized by Margret RoadKnight's Honky Tonk Angels for concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide in Australia

1983-6

1983

During that tour Holly also arranged and recorded back up vocals for Judy Small on her recording of the song, Bridget Evans

1984

1984

Does National "Defeat Reagan Tour" with Ronnie Gilbert

1984-2

1984

Releases ninth album Watch Out with John McCutcheon and Trapezoid.

1984-3

1984

Goes on national tour and records live album Sing to Me The Dream with Inti Illimani

1984-4

1984

Tours with Arlo, Ronnie and Pete; releases live album HARP

1984-5

1984

Receives NAIRD (National Association of Independent Recording Distributors) Indie Award for Lifeline, the album with Ronnie Gilbert

1984-6

1984

Receives LACAAW (Los Angeles Commission on Assults Against Women) Humanitarian Award

1984-7

1984

Presented with the Key to the City of Fresno

1984-8

1984

Receives the 1984 Cable Car Award: Outstanding achievement by a recording artist, Holly Near's Journeys

1984-9

1984

Peace Music Festival in Ecuador with Pete Seeger, Leon Gieco, Holly Near, Inti Illimani, Silvio Rodriguez, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Grupo Raiz, and many others

1985

1985

Nominated Ms. Magazine 1985 Woman of the Year "For fulfilling and expanding our ideals of excellence"

1985-2

1985

MCs and sings at first annual Redwood Records Festival.

1986

1986

Performs for Margaret Randall Defense Fund

1986-2

1986

Sings at a benefit for the Sanctuary Movement with Jackson Browne and Mandy Patinkin in Washington, DC

1986-3

1986

Named The Women's Foundation "Woman of Note" for her outstanding Achievements in Music

1986-4

1986

Receives City and County of San Francisco Certificates of Honor

1986-5

1986

Releases Singing With You album with Ronnie Gilbert

1987

1987

Receives Sixth Annual Woman's Building Vesta Award

1987-2

1987

Presented with the Lesbian Rights Award by the Southern California Women For Understanding.

1987-3

1987

Presented with the California Senate Lesbian Rights Award

1987-4

1987

Receives National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights Award of Distinction

1988

1988

Wins 1988 Cable Car Award, Outstanding Recording Artist for Don’t Hold Back

1989

1989

Receives Indie Award in the category of Women’s Music for “SkyDances”

1989-2

1989

July 7, 1989 declared Holly Near day by Art Agnos, Mayor of San Francisco

1989-3

1989

Receives World College West honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

1990

1990

Releases Singer In The Storm

1991

1991

Receives “Hot Wire” Readers’ Choice Award for outstanding contributions to Women’s Music and Culture

1993

1993

Presented with the Unity Award by the The National Conference Fairfield Region

1993-2

1993

Performs her one woman show, Fire in The Rain at the San Jose Rep, Mark Taper Forum in LA, and then off-Broadway in New York, at the Union Square Theatre

1993-3

1993

NAIRD (National Association of Independent Recording Distributors) Award 1993 Honorable Mention to Redwood Records for Musical Highlights from the play Fire in the Rain by Holly Near in the category of Soundtrack/Cast Recording

1993-4

1993

Receives Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, Outstanding Achievement Award 1993, for Fire in the Rain, Singer in the Storm

1994

1994

American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California ACLU celebrates Freedom of Information and honors Holly Near for the tremendous commitment shown toward fighting for equality and justice for others

1994-2

1994

Receives Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (LACAAW) 1994 Humanitarian Award

1996

1996

Awarded Gala Choruses 1996 Legacy Award, in recognition of unique contributions to the Lesbian and Gay Choral Movement

1996-2

1996

Releases This Train Still Runs with Ronnie Gilbert

1997

1997

NARAS Governor’s Award to Redwood Records 1997 for outstanding contributions to the cultural fabric of the community. "Their vision and struggle to create a better world has enriched all our lives."

1997-2

1997

Releases With A Song In My Heart

1999

1999

Awarded Ukiah High School Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Class of 1967.

2000

2000

Receives The Legends of Women's Music Award (Lesbians of Achievement, Vision, and Action)

2000-2

2000

Releases Simply Love: The Women's Music Collection

2000-3

2000

Releases Edge

2001

2001

Awarded the Women in the Arts, Inc Jeanine C Rae Culture Award For the Advancement of Women's Culture

2001-2

2001

Releases Early Warnings and HARP: A Time to Sing

2002

2002

Participates in Women of Voice and Vision, Scripps College, celebrating their 75th Anniversary

2002-2

2002

Releases And Still We Sing: The Outspoken Collection

2002-3

2002

Releases Crushed: The Love Song Collection

2002-4

2002

Releases Lifeline Extended

2003

2003

Releases Cris & Holly with Cris Williamson

2003-2

2003

Participates in Vagina Monologues gala event in Florida

2003-3

2003

Presents at the National Women’s History Project’s conference at Smith College

2003-4

2003

Participates in "The Ohio Conversation," a discussion of political song and responsible citizenship with Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Harry Belafonte, and Pete Seeger

2004

2004

Releases Show Up

2004-2

2004

In 2004, Holly joined Eve Ensler in the Mexican city of Juarez to march against the uninvestigated killing of hundreds of young women. In Toledo (Ohio), she sat as a witness to the testimony of women reporting rape and other violence against women. Holly helped raise funds for 10,000 Kites, a collaborative anti-war project between young people from Israel and Palestine who, in the spring of 2005, flew kites over the wall that separated them.

2004-3

2004

Sits witness to the testimony of women reporting rape and other violence against women in Toledo, OH

2005

2005

Nominated as one of the "1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005" - congratulated by City Council of Oakland

2005-2

2005

Speaks to employees at Intel’s Albuquerque, NM facility about tolerance and diversity

2005-3

2005

Delivers the prestigious Ware Lecture for the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly

2006

2006

Participates in Legends of Women's Music-part of the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago, with Teresa Trull, Barbara Higbie, Nedra Johnson, and MC Vickie Shaw.

2006-4

2006

In 2006, and once again in 2007, Holly was among thousands of protesters in Columbus (Georgia) to demand the closure of the infamous School of the Americas, where military police from around the Americas are trained in the methods -- include repression and torture -- used to undermine democracy around the region.

2007

2007

Presented with the Key to the City of Chico, California

2007-4

2007

Holly Near will also participate in the 100th-year commemoration of the massacre of Santa Maria de Iquique, where some 3,000 striking miners and their families were killed by government troops in the Chilean port city of Iquique. In 1907, workers from northern desert nitrate mines went on strike against deplorable working conditions. Local government authorities sent troops to confront strikers occupying the Santa Maria School, opening fire against the unarmed crowd. This horrific event, which took place on December 21, is now viewed as the catalyst that eventually forced the Chilean government to improve labor laws and social programs. In memory of this event, renowned Chilean composer Luis Advis wrote the Cantata Santa Maria de Iquique, first performed in 1970 by Quilapayún. On December 21, 2007, Quilapayún will perform at the final concert of the 100th year anniversary and has invited Holly to join them on stage. She has signed on in support of the 100th anniversary events along with hundreds of other social change artists and international activists.

2007-2

2007

On December 9, Holly joined human rights activists and relatives of the detenidos-desaparecidos at the Parque por la Paz - better known as Villa Grimaldi -- for the closing ceremony of a year-long initiative to honor and remember the women "disappeared" by the Pinochet dictatorship. Some 4,500 people were imprisoned in the Villa Grimaldi detention center between 1973 and 1978; most were tortured and 226 are among the desaparecidos who have never been seen again.

2007-3

2007

Holly Near reunited with Inti Illimani in Chile on December 7 for a concert at the Lo Blanco stadium in the El Bosque sector of southern Santiago. The concert was organized by the EPES (Educación Popular en Salud) Foundation, a not-for-profit group working for community health and social justice. The concert, which marks the celebration of EPES 25th anniversary, was also a tribute to Holly's three decades of international solidarity. Sponsored by the Casa de Cultura (Cultural Center) and Mayor's office of El Bosque, the concert gathered 1,500 people to join with Holly and Inti Illimani in this celebration of song and solidarity. The concert featured the re-launching of the CD Holly recorded with Inti Illimani in 1984.

2008

2008

Re-releases Sing To Me The Dream

2008-2

2008

Meets with Mohawk and European-American women to invite spiritual healing

2008-3

2008

January 12, 2008: School of the Americas protest at Los Angeles State Historic Park with Fr. Roy Bourgeois, Martin Sheen, and many other activists

2008-4

2008

March 11: Spoke at Sonoma State at the class room of Don Romesburg on subject of gender

2009

2009

Releases We Came To Sing with Emma's Revolution

2010

2010

Sings at 35th Anniversary of The Michigan Womyns Music Festival

2010-2

2010

In Chile for 8.8 magnitude earthquake on Feb 27

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