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by Alix Olson

Produced by rock musician Melissa Ferrick, Alix's latest CD Protagonist is folk-rock spoken word at its politically fiercest! With her trademark humor, Olson tackles everything from the dark side of "Progress" to the universalizing idea of "Womanhood."
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Box Spring in New Orleans
3:05 $0.99
2. Dear Diary
5:10 $0.99
3. Protagonist
4:29 $0.99
4. Everybody's Waiting
4:28 $0.99
5. Clash
4:23 $0.99
6. Bobcats
3:17 $0.99
7. Women Are Different
2:53 $0.99
8. Sixteen Year Old Me
4:55 $0.99
9. Wholly Human
3:16 $0.99
10. Finally, Love Poem
2:43 $0.99
11. Welcome to Progress
2:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
Entirely fan-funded, Alix's much anticipated third CD Protagonist combines a folk-rock sound with her characteristically provocative political-personal spoken word poetry. From Everybody's Waiting: "Everybody's waiting... For their horoscope to say it. For a TED Talk to okay. For NPR to learn it. For Rachel Maddow to confirm it. For an 'ism' that unpacks it. For a bumper sticker that captures it. For their penance. For the promise. For redemption. For the punchline. For the porn show. For the punchout. For the weekend. For the next time. Everybody's waiting...."

Alix Olson is one of the most powerful internationally touring spoken word artists of her generation. One part peace vigil, one part protest rally, and one part joyful raucous concert, from South Africa, Australia & Europe to theaters and clubs throughout North America, Alix ignites audiences everywhere she performs. Howard Zinn (historian/activist) calls Alix “an ingenious poet, a brilliant performer, a funny person, a serious thinker. Quite simply, extraordinary.” She has been OutMusic's Artist-Activist of the Year and received Washington, DC's Rape Crisis Council Visionary Award, a New Foundation for the Arts Grant and Barbara Deming Arts Fellowship.

Gracing the covers of Ms. and Curve magazines, Alix and her work have also been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Out, The Progressive, The Advocate, Poets and Writers, Gay and Lesbian Times and Salon. Alix has appeared on Air America's Unfiltered w/ host Rachel Maddow, NPR, and has twice headlined HBO's Def Poetry Jam.

Alix is the editor of Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders In The Spoken Word Revolution (preface by The Vagina Monologues' Eve Ensler) and has three spoken word CD's and two books of poetry.

Her documentary Left Lane: On the Road with Alix Olson has been featured at international film festivals in New Zealand, Canada, Sweden, Ireland, Israel, France, Australia, Germany, and Hungary, as well as in over twenty film festivals in the U.S., including the Alter Magazine and Puffin Foundation Festivals. Left Lane has been the recipient of five awards for Favorite Audience Feature and Favorite Documentary including the Paris Feminist Film Festival.

The New York Times says Alix is “fueling the never-ending struggle to promote independent thought. Igniting and inspiring audiences wherever she may travel, Olson uses her witty and sympathetic voice to highlight a grassroots struggle against intolerance that is as entertaining as it is poignant.”

Alix is currently pursuing her PhD in Political Theory at the University of MA. at Amherst.



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