music & activism

50 creative years celebrating
the human spirit through music

Join the Conversation!


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

Check for 2023 tour dates!

Monday, July 24, 2023 at 8PM

The Ark
316 S. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

theark.org | 734-761-1818

Friday August 4, 2023 at 8PM

City Winery – Boston
80 Beverly St.
Boston, MA 02114

www.citywinery.com | 212-608-0555

Saturday August 5, 2023 at 8PM

Caffe Lena
47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY

www.caffelena.org | 518-583-0022

Sunday August 6, 2023 at 7PM

130 Pine St.
Florence, MA 01062

Thursday August 10 – August 13, 2023

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
Lunenburg, NS Canada


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