Monday, August 13, 2012

Joan Baez: Profiles from the Illustrations

Joan Baez, 2012. By Travis Simpkins

     So much has been written about Joan Baez it would be redundant to repeat it all here. For a nice, different take on her early days, however, read David Hajdu's book, Positively Fourth Street: The Life and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez-Farina and Richard Farina. It's worth it.
     Joan's website sums up: "She remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable - marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King Jr., inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, singing on the first Amnesty International tour and just this year, standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London's Hyde Park. She brought the Free Speech Movement into the spotlight, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the war in Southeast Asia, then forty years later saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest war. Her earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963 and focused awareness on songwriters ranging from Woody Guthrie, Dylan, Phil Ochs, Richard Farina, and Tim Hardin, to Kris Kristofferson and Mickey Newbury, to Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Steve Earle and many more."

Joan Baez- "Farewell Angelina" 1966 (written by Bob Dylan)

Joan Baez- LIFE Magazine- 1962

Joan Baez- "Sweet Sir Galahad"

Joan Baez- "Diamonds and Rust" 1975

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

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez- 1965

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