Joan Baez. What an earth lovin goddess of folk. How was that for cliche? Challenging to post her albums the day after a fabulous Nina Simone posting but they are both goddesses, non? These albums are all keepers, under folk and the hits ~ as they cover pretty much all the classic folk standards and her hits. I read her bio when I was in University and was profoundly moved by it / her. She is a crusader for latinos and womyn’s rights and championed the female folk scene.
Check this out from Wiki, then try to tell me you don’t love her.
Joan Baez ( /ˈbaɪ.ɛz/) (born January 9, 1941 as Joan Chandos Báez) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and a prominent activist in the fields of human rights, peace, and environmental justice. Baez has a distinctive vocal style, with a strong vibrato. Her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues. Baez began her career performing in coffeehouses in Boston and Cambridge, and rose to fame as an unbilled performer at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. She began her recording career in 1960, and achieved immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2, and Joan Baez in Concert all achieved gold record status, and stayed on the charts of hit albums for two years. Baez has had a popular hit song with “Diamonds & Rust” and hit covers of Phil Ochs‘s “There but for Fortune” and The Band‘s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down“. Other songs associated with Baez include “Farewell, Angelina“, “Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word“, “Joe Hill“, “Sweet Sir Galahad” and “We Shall Overcome“. She performed three of the songs at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, helped to bring the songs of Bob Dylan to national prominence, and has displayed a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and theenvironment. Baez has performed publicly for over 53 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages.
Here she sings live for the inmates at Sing Sing prison in the 70s.
- Joan Baez sends greetings (pathofhistory.com)
- Joan Baez On Mountain Stage (wnyc.org)
- Third-Grader Dresses as a Different Historical Figure Each Day (laughingsquid.com)