Ani DiFranco to Be Honored at John Lennon Benefit Show in New York

“It’s a very dear, fond memory of mine,” DiFranco said. “It’s been a long road since then. It’s cool to be wrapping around full circle to a John Lennon tribute, to be tasked with learning some John Lennon songs.”

She shares a drive toward social activism with Lennon, a point his widow, Yoko Ono, made in a statement announcing the award. Past honorees include Natalie Merchant, Rosanne Cash, Patti Smith and Donovan.

One song DiFranco has been kicking around lately — not in the songbook — is “Woman” from John and Yoko’s 1980 album, Double Fantasy. She’s impressed with his bravery in writing the unabashed love song at a time many in

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