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The daughter of Jewish Communists, Alix Dobkin was born in New York City and raised in Philadelphia in an era when American Communists were being intensely persecuted. Her interest in music developed early, and in 1962 she moved back to New York City to be part of the burgeoning folk music scene in Greenwich Village. She married and had a daughter as she continued to play music. By the late 1960s, she was part of the growing women’s liberation movement, and in 1972 Dobkin came out as a lesbian, something that few performers of that era were doing. A pioneer in women’s music, and lesbian-themed music specifically, she released “Lavender Jane Loves Women” in 1973, the first lesbian-focused music album. It was followed by “Living with Lesbians” (1976) as well as several other albums in the coming decades. Dobkin performed at scores of women’s music festivals and concerts in the U.S. and across the globe. In 2009, she published her memoir, My Red Blood. She lives in upstate New York, still performs occasionally, and has her own website, www.alixdobkin.com.