The lesbian-feminist record label Olivia Records released its first "fund-raiser" 45 rpm single in , featuring Meg Christian singing "Lady" by Carole King on one side and Cris Williamson singing her composition "If It Weren't for the Music" on the other. Olivia Records went on to become one of the most successful of several women-owned-and-operated record labels that emerged during the women's movement of the s, releasing over forty albums in twenty years. Declining record sales, due in part to a shift in the politics and musical tastes of younger lesbians, forced Olivia to supplement and, eventually, replace music with another business enterprise. In , Olivia transformed itself into a lesbian vacation company, Olivia Cruises and Resorts; over the next decade the company phased out its recording enterprise altogether. Olivia Records began as an attempt to put lesbian separatist ideology into practice.
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But if you're not ready to go there, we're going to move onto the best of humanity, whether you come with us or not. Her friend Jane Fonda observes that Near's artistry unlocks the heart. Feminist guru Gloria Steinem credits Near with enabling her to experience music both communally and as a movement. Political activist Torie Osborne comments that Near has a gift for "bringing radical ideas into an all-American package to audiences, and inspires them in a way no one else has.
The idea of which she speaks must have been quite outstanding and unique, considering her groundbreaking achievements over the years. Here are just a few such achievements that we have summarized, in part, from the fantastic book Feminists Who Changed America: — edited by Barbara J. Love University of Illinois Press, :. I sat in the halls of the Law School at lunchtime, and played a little tape of the women singing.