Mimi Fariña

Born Apr 30, 1945

Mimi Baez Fariña was a singer-songwriter and activist, the youngest of three daughters to a Mexican-American physicist Albert Baez and a Scottish mother. She is the younger sister of singer and activist Joan Baez.

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1945 Birth Born on April 30, 1945.


1963 18 Years Old Fariña met novelist, musician, and composer Richard Fariña in 1963 when she was 17 years old and married him at 18 in Paris. … Read More


1966 21 Years Old After Richard Fariña's 1966 death (on Mimi's twenty-first birthday) in a motorcycle accident, Mimi moved to San Francisco where she flourished as a singer, songwriter, model, actress, and activist. … Read More
1967 22 Years Old In 1967, Fariña joined a satiric comedy troupe called The Committee. … Read More
1968 23 Years Old In 1968 Mimi married Milan Melvin and continued to perform, sometimes recording and touring with either her sister Joan or the folksinger Tom Jans, with whom she recorded an album in 1971, entitled Take Heart.
1972 27 Years Old Among the songs she has written is "In the Quiet Morning (For Janis Joplin)", which her sister recorded and released in 1972 on the album Come from the Shadows. … Read More
1973 28 Years Old By 1973, Mimi was asked to accompany her sister Joan and B.B. King when they performed for the prisoners in Sing Sing Prison. … Read More
1974 29 Years Old In 1974, Fariña founded Bread and Roses, a nonprofit co-operative organization, designed to bring free music and entertainment to institutions: jails, hospitals, juvenile facilities, nursing homes, and prisons. … Read More


1985 40 Years Old Though she continued to sing in her later years, releasing an album in 1985 and performing sporadically, Fariña devoted most of her time to running Bread and Roses. … Read More
1986 41 Years Old In 1986, she took the time to record her own album, Mimi Fariña Solo. … Read More
1993 48 Years Old …  She is referenced in the Armistead Maupin novel Tales of the City, set in San Francisco in the 1970s, and she also appeared in a cameo role in the 1993 miniseries based on the novel. … Read More


2001 56 Years Old Fariña died of neuroendocrine cancer, at her home in California, on July 18, 2001, at age 56.
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