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The Power of Women's Voices
65th Anniversary Conference of the Sophia Smith Collection
at Smith College, September 28-29, 2007

Margie Adam

Conference Performer

Margie Adam is a singer, songwriter, and pianist whose music has inspired and energized a generation coming of age in the 1970-80s women's liberation movement. Her commitment to peace and justice continues to shine powerfully in her performances, as she blends passionate songwriting and elegant solo piano music with astute social commentary and a curly-headed sense of humor.

Margie Adam
Margie Adam, undated
© Photo by Donna A. Korones

Born in Lompoc, California, in 1947, Margie was raised by a newspaperman and piano teacher in a household pulsing with politics and culture. From early celebrity as a feminist singer-songwriter, she introduced a special brand of pop-jazz solo piano music to audiences and helped establish women's music as a political and cultural force.

Widely respected as an artist-activist, Margie's career spans three decades of involvement in feminism's defining moments. She led 10,000 delegates in three-part harmony at the legendary IWY-Houston National Women's Conference in 1977 and celebrated Judy Chicago's Dinner Party Project with concerts at the San Francisco, Houston, and Brooklyn exhibit openings. In 1983 Margie joined with 80 women's organizations at Constitution Hall on the eve of the ERA ratification deadline. Recently she launched the million-strong Washington, DC March for Women's Lives with "We Shall Go Forth!" This song (known as the anthem of the women's liberation movement) resides in the Smithsonian's Political History Division.

Her film credits include numerous soundtracks and associate producer work on Radical Harmonies: A History of Women's Music and No Secret Anymore! The Times of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon. She is a tireless fund-raiser and event organizer for progressive candidates and causes.

Other artists who have recorded Margie's songs are Dusty Springfield, Meg Christian, and Cris Williamson each having recorded "Beautiful Soul," Peter, Paul & Mary covered "Best Friend-The Unicorn Song," and Holly Near and Cris Williamson have both recorded "Tender Lady." Margie's recording "Something about Us" appears on David Benoit's Songs without Words.

Margie's work with the labyrinth led to her most recent 2005 release, Portal, an unusual 2-disc CD/DVD work featuring a compilation of her contemplative piano music and a 7-minute audio-visual meditation incorporating choreographed imagery of Scotland's ancient Callanish Stones with a haunting instrumental soundtrack.

Margie's other recordings are Songwriter (1977), Naked Keys (1980) We Shall Go Forth! (1982), Here Is A Love Song (1983), Another Place (1993), Soon & Again (1996), Avalon (2001), and Best of Margie Adam (2005). Visit www.margieadam.com for Margie's tour schedule, recordings and more.

Margie Adam's papers will be part of the Sophia Smith Collection.


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