Monday, June 11, 2012

New Portrait Illustration: Joan Baez (Folk Musician/Activist)

Joan Baez, 2012. By Travis Simpkins

     After missing several opportunities to see Joan Baez perform, for one reason or another, I finally made it a point to see her when I took my Fiancé, Janet, to the 2009 Newport Folk Festival. Our friends in Deer Tick were playing there, as well as Arlo Guthrie, whom we had met on several previous occasions. It was a memorable event. Joan actually performed alongside Judy Collins, a tremendous rarity (I've heard they don't get along), and Pete Seeger was there as usual, 90 something years old and still going strong. Many aspects of Joan are intriguing... not only does she have a voice that seems to get better with age, a fantastic guitar ability and great songwriting skills, but she is also a truly nice person, warm-hearted and humorous, and an empathetic, steadfast humanitarian.

Joan Baez- "Sweet Sir Galahad"

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez- 1965

Joan Baez- "Diamonds and Rust" 1975 (about Bob Dylan)

Joan Baez- "Love is Just a Four-Letter Word" (written by Bob Dylan)

Joan Baez- LIFE Magazine- 1962

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