Suzanne Vega (person)
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|Suzanne Vega was born in [santa monica] on july 11, 1959, but moved with her mother to [new york city] just a year later. she grew up assuming she was half-[puerto rican] and that writer [ed vega] was her [biological father], until she was told [the awful truth]: her real father lived in california, and was [quite caucasian, thank you]. both of her biological parents turned out to be musicians: [her mother was a jazz guitarist, and her father was a drummer] in the '20s and '30s.|
[Vega]'s parents encouraged her to become an artist, considering it "[the only reasonable thing in this society that a person could do]." although she began to write poetry at nine years old, and at fourteen broadened her scope to include songwriting, vega [wanted to be a dancer] for a long while. she attended [new york's high school for the performing arts] and studied [modern dance]. around the age of nineteen, though, her interests again shifted toward music. an [english literature] major at [barnard college] by day, she would visit greenwich village clubs and college [coffeehouse]s by night, looking for a place to perform.
At first she was assumed to be a "['60s throwback]" due to her "[folkie]" acoustic guitar approach. but around the early '80s, suzanne vega finally became part of the "scene" in [greenwich village] and joined the [coop/fast folk group of songwriters]: "that five years i spent there was like finding [my own tribe] of people."
Because of their reluctance to sign a [folk singer] to their label, [A&M] turned vega down twice before manager ron fierstein finally convinced them to give her a chance. they immediately [fell in love] and signed her in the mid-'80s. suzanne went on to record songs for many many lovely albums:
She even wrote a book called [The Passionate Eye], which is a compilation of her writing from 1968 to 1998.
i love suzanne vega.
(thanks, http://www.stacken.kth.se/~hugo/vega/faq/whossv.htm and http://www.vega.net/rebel.htm. oh, and thanks, [godling], for telling me how to do that degree symbol!)