Joan Baez

American folk singer Joan Baez

Joan Chandos Baez 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.
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Joan Baez, rock star? Believe it
LATimes - 10 months
Folk legend Joan Baez admits she's not the most obvious choice to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. HBO will broadcast the ceremony on Saturday.
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Bruce Langhorne obituary
Guardian (UK) - 10 months
Musician who achieved fame as Bob Dylan’s Mr Tambourine Man As a session guitarist and percussionist, he was crucial to the 60s boom in folk music, but Bruce Langhorne, who has died aged 78, will be best remembered as Bob Dylan’s Mr Tambourine Man. It was Langhorne’s Turkish frame drum, like a giant tambourine with bells attached to its edges, that inspired the “jingle jangle morning” of Dylan’s song on the pivotal Bringing It All Back Home album (1965), showcasing Langhorne’s electric guitar. The record’s mix of electric and acoustic songs cued folk music’s transition into folk rock. “If you had Bruce playing with you, that’s all you would need to do just about anything,” Dylan said. Langhorne’s often tangential interplay with the veteran studio guitarist Al Gorgoni set the stage for Michael Bloomfield’s guitar on Dylan’s next record, the electric masterpiece Highway 61 Revisited, but he first worked alongside Dylan when they were sidemen on Carolyn Hester’s 1961 debut album, with Dy...
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RIP Bruce Langhorne, Who In The Smoke Rings Of Our Mind May Have Been Mr. Tambourine Man
Huffington Post - 10 months
Bruce Langhorne may have been the real-life Mr. Tambourine Man. He may not have been. Bob Dylan said he was. Bob Dylan loves to tell stories. But even if Langhorne’s great big old tambourine was the Eureka moment for one of Dylan’s most soaring, elusive and altogether wonderful songs, that wasn’t close to the most impressive thing about Bruce Langhorne’s life, or musical life. Langhorne died Friday at the age of 78, two years after suffering a debilitating stroke. He leaves behind a remarkable body of session work that in the 1960s helped move what we call folk music into the electric age. There are still purists who think that was an act of musical heresy. But the transition was going to happen anyway, and what the Bruce Langhornes did was ensure that the music maintained its beauty and its relevance. Langhorne was primarily a guitarist in the 1960s, though he played multiple instruments, and his guitar can be heard on a number of early Dylan tracks, particul...
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David Letterman Calls Ticketmaster 'Bloodthirsty Weasels'
Huffington Post - 11 months
In the mid-’90s, Pearl Jam was one of the most successful music acts in the world and Ticketmaster had a solid stranglehold on the concert ticket industry. The band famously decided to go to battle against the company, advocating that Ticketmaster’s steep service fees atop ticket prices was unfair for fans. In 1995, Pearl Jam sold tickets for their summer tour without the use of Ticketmaster, a novel idea for such a popular act at the time. Now, Pearl Jam just earned induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But unfortunately, Ticketmaster and their service fees are just as dominant as ever.  David Letterman made reference to the past dispute during his induction speech for the band Friday night at the Barclays Center in New York City. In a great line, Letterman called Ticketmaster “beady-eyed, bloodthirsty weasels.” Here’s the full joke: In 1994, these young men risked their careers by going after those beady-eyed, blood-thirsty weasels. I’m just enjoying saying...
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The Queer Icons Still With Us In 2017
Huffington Post - about 1 year
There’s an urban legend that the Stonewall riots happened because gays were so upset by the death of Judy Garland. That never understood that until 2016, when we were all devastated by the loss of one queer icon after another ― David Bowie, George Michael, Debbie Reynolds, Alexis Arquette and so many more. There was even a rumor John Waters was about to go ― turns out he was just celebrating Christmas by passing a kidney stone. So don’t worry, John’s fine. And so are a ton of fabulous queer icons who are not just still alive, but producing some amazing work. And not just just kidney stones. Whether they’re gay themselves, or allies, or somewhere in between, the LGBT community’s role models are particularly important, since we’re often rendered invisible or closeted. When you hardly ever see your community held up as aspirational, you learn to be protective of the ones who make it, like Wanda Sykes, or the allies who’ve stood by us, like Cyndi Lauper. A lot o...
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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Announces Inductees Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam and More
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes will join the institution’s ranks of more than 200 performers.
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Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Joan Baez Will Join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
NYTimes - about 1 year
The Class of 2017 also includes Journey, Electric Light Orchestra and Yes, and a special honor goes to Chic’s Nile Rodgers.
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nom...
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The Last Ship's Lucy Butler: Travel Specialist Extraordinaire
Huffington Post - over 1 year
If there are two things that Los Angeles-based Lucy Butler knows about, it's acting and travel. As an actress, her success spans theatre (Chicago's Second City), film (David Lynch's Lost Highway) and television where she has been seen in series ranging from Family Ties to The West Wing. Currently she co-stars in Michael Bay's hit TNT series The Last Ship as Roberta Price, a powerful Southern politician. For many, success like that would be enough, but not Lucy Butler, whose 30-plus year career as a concierge travel specialist began in 1993 when she formed, Where On Earth, a company that specializes in unique private itineraries across the globe. Her personal area of concentration is Western Europe - specifically Paris, London, Spain, and Italy. Lucy Butler and her rescued German Shepherds (courtesy of AEFPR) After interviewing this sparkling fountain of useful travel tips, I am genuinely inspired to travel the world and the seven seas - Luc...
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The Surprising Lesson I Learned From My Going-Gray Hair Experiment
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Last spring, I decided it was time. I would no longer color my hair. I vowed that after my youngest child’s wedding in April, I was going to let it go silver. I’d had auburn hair since childhood and had been touching up the gray for about 15 years. I used to be able to go five weeks between color appointments. But recently, the roots were showing within a week or two. On my next birthday I would turn 70, and it seemed wrong to fight nature. After all, I wasn’t someone who would go for a facelift or even a smidge of Botox. I was a child of the ’60s, for God’s sake! And I would save so much money and time, especially when I added in the cost of highlights every few months. I boldly announced my decision to everyone I knew, including my hairdresser, Michelle. “I think you’re making a mistake,” she said, shaking her head sadly. But she had skin in the game. Gray Hair: A Double Standard My husband’s reaction was a shock. I expected he’d be perfectly fine with this kind of ch...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joan Baez
  • 2015
    In 2015, Baez received the Ambassador of Conscience Award.
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  • 2013
    Baez is a resident of Woodside, California, where she lived with her mother until the latter's death, aged 100, in 2013 in a house that has a backyard tree house in which she spends time meditating, writing, and "being close to nature".
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    Although a highly political figure throughout most of her career, Baez had never publicly endorsed a major political party candidate prior to Obama. However, after Obama was elected, she expressed that she would likely never do so again, saying in a 2013 interview in The Huffington Post that "In some ways I'm disappointed, but in some ways it was silly to expect more.
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  • 2011
    On November 11, 2011, Baez played as part of a musical concert for the protestors at Occupy Wall Street.
    On March 18, 2011, Baez was honored by Amnesty International at its 50th Anniversary Annual General Meeting in San Francisco.
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  • 2010
    She performed at the White House on February 10, 2010, as part of an evening celebrating the music associated with the civil rights movement, performing "We Shall Overcome".
  • 2009
    On October 14, 2009, PBS aired an episode of its documentary series American Masters, entitled Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound.
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    On August 2, 2009, Baez played at the 50th Newport Folk Festival, which also marked the 50th anniversary of her breakthrough performance at the first festival.
    She dedicated the song "Joe Hill", to the people of Iran during her concert at Merrill Auditorium, Portland, Maine on July 31, 2009.
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    On June 25, 2009, Baez created a special version of "We Shall Overcome" with a few lines of Persian lyrics in support of peaceful protests by Iranian people.
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  • 2008
    On July 6, 2008, she played at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland.
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    On June 29, 2008, Baez performed on the acoustic stage at the Glastonbury Festival in Glastonbury, UK, playing out the final set to a packed audience.
    Throughout most of her career, Baez remained apprehensive about involving herself in party politics. However, on February 3, 2008, Baez wrote a letter to the editor at the San Francisco Chronicle endorsing Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.
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  • 2007
    Her father, Albert Baez, was born in 1912 in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, and died on March 20, 2007.
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    Also in February 2007, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
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    In February 2007, Proper Records reissued her live album Ring Them Bells (1995), which featured duets with artists ranging from Dar Williams and Mimi Fariña to the Indigo Girls and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
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  • 2006
    On December 2, 2006, she made a guest appearance at the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir's Christmas Concert at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California.
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    Later on, October 8, 2006, she appeared as a special surprise guest at the opening ceremony of the Forum 2000 international conference in Prague, Czech Republic.
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    In September 2006, Baez contributed a live, retooled version of her classic song "Sweet Sir Galahad" to a Starbucks's exclusive XM Artist Confidential album.
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    On June 6, 2006, Baez joined Bruce Springsteen on stage at his San Francisco concert, where the two performed the rolling anthem "Pay Me My Money Down".
    Then, on January 13, 2006, Baez performed at the funeral of Lou Rawls, where she led Jesse Jackson, Sr., Wonder, and others in the singing of "Amazing Grace".
  • 2005
    On October 1, 2005, she performed at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
  • 2004
    Her album, Dark Chords on a Big Guitar (2003), features songs by composers half her age, while a November 2004 performance at New York City's Bowery Ballroom was recorded for a live release, Bowery Songs (2005).
  • 2003
    In 2003, Baez was also a judge for the third annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.
    Likewise, her six A&M albums were reissued in 2003.
  • 2001
    In August 2001, Vanguard began re-releasing Baez's first 13 albums, which she recorded for the label between 1960 and 1971.
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    Beginning in 2001, Baez has had several successful long-term engagements as a lead character at San Francisco's Teatro ZinZanni.
  • 1996
    She later returned for another concert in 1996.
  • 1993
    In 1993, at the invitation of Refugees International and sponsored by the Soros Foundation, she traveled to the war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina region of former-Yugoslavia in an effort to help bring more attention to the suffering there.
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  • 1989
    In May 1989, Baez performed at a music festival in communist Czechoslovakia, called Bratislavská lýra.
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  • 1987
    In 1987, Baez's second autobiography called And a Voice to Sing With was published and became a New York Times bestseller.
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  • 1986
    She has toured on behalf of many other causes, including Amnesty International's 1986 A Conspiracy of Hope tour and a guest spot on their subsequent Human Rights Now! tour.
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  • 1985
    Baez also played a significant role in the 1985 Live Aid concert for African famine relief, opening the U.S. segment of the show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1983
    In 1983, she appeared on the Grammy Awards, performing Dylan's anthemic "Blowin' in the Wind", a song she first performed twenty years earlier.
  • 1980
    In 1980, Baez was given honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees by Antioch University and Rutgers University for her political activism and the "universality of her music".
  • 1973
    Harris was released from Texas prison after 15 months, but the relationship began to dissolve and the couple divorced amicably in 1973.
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  • 1972
    Half spoken word poem and half tape-recorded sounds, the song documented Baez's visit to Hanoi, North Vietnam, in December 1972, during which she and her traveling companions survived the 11-day-long Christmas Bombings campaign over Hanoi and Haiphong. (See Vietnam War in Civil rights section below.)
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  • 1971
    During this period, in late 1971, she reunited with composer Peter Schickele to record two tracks, "Rejoice in the Sun" and "Silent Running" for the science-fiction film, Silent Running.
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    Joan Baez wrote "The Story of Bangladesh" in 1971.
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    After eleven years with Vanguard, Baez decided in 1971 to cut ties with the label that had released her albums since 1960.
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  • 1970
    Beginning in the late 1960s, Baez began writing many of her own songs, beginning with "Sweet Sir Galahad" and "A Song For David," both songs appearing on her 1970 (I Live) One Day at a Time album; "Sweet Sir Galahad" was written about her sister Mimi's second marriage, while "A Song For David" was a tribute to Harris.
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  • 1969
    In 1969, her appearance at Woodstock in upstate New York afforded her an international musical and political podium, particularly upon the successful release of the documentary film Woodstock (1970).
  • 1968
    After finding a pacifist preacher, a church outfitted with peace signs and writing a blend of Episcopalian and Quaker wedding vows, Baez and Harris married in New York City on March 26, 1968.
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    Later in 1968, she published her first memoir, Daybreak (by Dial Press).
    In 1968, Baez traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, where a marathon recording session resulted in two albums.
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  • 1965
    By the time of Dylan's 1965 tour of the U.K., their relationship had slowly begun to fizzle out after they had been romantically involved off and on for nearly two years.
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    Though primarily an album artist, several of Baez' singles have charted, the first being her 1965 cover of Phil Ochs' "There but for Fortune", which became a mid-level chart hit in the U.S. and a top-ten single in the United Kingdom.
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  • 1962
    On November 23, 1962, Baez appeared on the cover of Time Magazine—a rare honor then for a musician.
  • 1960
    Despite this, the relationship remained intact for several years, long after the two moved to California together in 1960.
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  • 1959
    Her true professional career began at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.
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    Gibson invited Baez to perform with him at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival, where the two sang two duets, "Virgin Mary Had One Son" and "We Are Crossing Jordan River".
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  • 1958
    In 1958, at the Club 47 in Cambridge, she gave her first concert.
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    In 1958, her father accepted a faculty position at MIT, and moved his family to Massachusetts.
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  • 1957
    A few years later in 1957, Baez bought her first Gibson acoustic guitar.
  • 1951
    Due to her father's work in health care and with UNESCO, their family moved many times, living in towns across the U.S, as well as in England, France, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, and the Middle East, including Iraq, where they were in 1951.
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  • 1941
    Baez was born on Staten Island, New York, on January 9, 1941.
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