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Joan Baez

Knowledge Identifier: +Joan_Baez


Joan Baez

American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist add

Category: Music

Born in 1941.

Countries: United States (44%), California (12%), (10%)

Main connections: California, Bob Dylan, Christmas

Linked to: PBS, Vanguard Records, Apple Inc., Boston University




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Joan Baez was born in 1941 add something


John Jacob Niles - Called the "Dean of American Balladeers", Niles was an important influence on the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, with Joan Baez, Burl Ives, and Peter, Paul and Mary, among others, recording his songs


Because of her father's work in health care and with UNESCO, the 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 add something


In 1956, Baez first heard Martin Luther King, Jr. speak about nonviolence, civil rights and social change which brought tears to her eyes add something


In 1957, Baez bought her first Gibson acoustic guitar add something


In 1958, at the Club 47 in Cambridge, she gave her first concert add something


In 1958, her father accepted a faculty position at MIT, and moved his family to Massachusetts add something


Newport Folk Festival - 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" add something


Her true professional career began at that 1959 Newport Folk Festival; following that appearance, she recorded her first album for Vanguard, "Joan Baez" , produced by Fred Hellerman of The Weavers, who produced many albums by folk artists add something


Bob Gibson (musician) - Newport Folk Festival - He introduced a largely unknown Joan Baez at the Newport Folk Festival of 1959


Baez came to be considered the "most accomplished interpretive folksinger/songwriter of the 1960s add something


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 " 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 add something


Despite this, the relationship remained intact for several years, long after the two moved to California together in 1960 add something


She began her recording career in 1960, and achieved immediate success add something


Carolyn Hester - After failing to convince Joan Baez to sign with Columbia Records, John H. Hammond signed Hester in 1960


Fred Carter, Jr. - Carter was the principal guitarist for two of Joan Baez's albums in the late 1960s


Jacques Brel - During the 1960s, other English translations emerged on the folk music scene, including "The Dove" , an anti-war lament recorded both by Joan Baez and Judy Collins


The House of the Rising Sun - Earlier versions of the song are often sung from the woman's perspective, a woman who followed a drunk or a gambler to New Orleans and became a prostitute in the House of the Rising Sun , such as in Joan Baez's version on her self-titled 1960 debut album, or Jody Miller's 1973 single


Texas Gladden - Her work did experience a resurgence in popularity during the 1960s as she was rediscovered by Joan Baez, and more recently through harpist Joanna Newsom's cover of the traditional Appalachian style song "Three Babes"


Hamza El Din - His performances attracted the attention of the Grateful Dead, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan in the 1960s, which led to a recording contract and to his eventual emigration to the United States


Grady Martin - In the 1960s, he played on sessions with Joan Baez, J. J. Cale and others; and played on Sammi Smith's 1971 hit, "Help Me Make it Through the Night", among the most successful country singles of all time


Lightnin' Hopkins - Hopkins debuted at Carnegie Hall on October 14, 1960, appearing alongside Joan Baez and Pete Seeger performing the spiritual "Mary Don't You Weep"


Baez first met Dylan in 1961 at Gerde's Folk City in New York City's Greenwich Village add something


Richard Farina - Fariña traveled to Europe, where he met Mimi Baez, the teenage sister of Joan Baez in the spring of 1962


Self Portrait (Bob Dylan album) - "Copper Kettle" was popularised by Joan Baez and appeared on her best-selling 1962 LP "Joan Baez in Concert"


By 1963, Baez had already released three albums, two of which had been certified gold, and she invited Dylan on stage to perform alongside her at the Newport Folk Festival add something


Her performance of "We Shall Overcome", the civil-rights anthem written by Pete Seeger and Guy Carawan, at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom permanently linked her to the song add something


Paul Clayton (folksinger) - Dylan traveled cross-country with Clayton and two other friends in 1963, during which they visited poet Carl Sandburg in North Carolina, attended Mardi Gras in New Orleans and rendezvoused with Joan Baez in California


Richard Farina - His best-known songs are, "Pack Up Your Sorrows" and "Birmingham Sunday", the latter of which was recorded by Joan Baez and became better known after it became the theme song to Spike Lee's film, "4 Little Girls", a documentary about the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Alabama during 1963


Jose Feliciano - In 1963, after some live performances in pubs and clubs around the USA and Canada, especially in Greenwich Village, New York, and Vancouver, BC, where he played at the same time as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, he was signed by Jack Somer, an executive at RCA Victor


We Shall Overcome - In August 1963, 22-year-old folksinger Joan Baez led a crowd of 300,000 in singing "We Shall Overcome" at the Lincoln Memorial during the March 2015 on Washington


Her recording of the song "Birmingham Sunday" ,written by her brother-in-law, Richard Fariña, was used in the opening of "4 Little Girls" , Spike Lee's documentary film about the four young victims killed in the 1963 bombing add something


Highly visible in civil-rights marches, Baez became more vocal about her disagreement with the Vietnam War. In 1964, she publicly endorsed resisting taxes by withholding sixty percent of her 1963 income taxes add something


In 1964, she founded the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence and encouraged draft resistance at her concerts add something


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 add something


In 1965 Baez announced that she would be opening a school to teach nonviolent protest add something


Though primarily an albums artist, several of Baez' singles have charted and 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 add something


Bringing It All Back Home - "Farewell Angelina" was ultimately given to Joan Baez, who released it in 1965 as the title track of her album, "Farewell, Angelina"


Farewell, Angelina - "'"Farewell, Angelina""' is an album by American folk singer Joan Baez, released in late 1965


In 1966, Baez's autobiography "Daybreak" is released add something


It is the most detailed report of her life through 1966 and outlined her anti-war position, dedicating the novel to men facing imprisonment for resisting the draft add something


Noel (Joan Baez album) - "'Noël"' is a Christmas album by Joan Baez, released in 1966


Baez was arrested twice in 1967 for blocking the entrance of the Armed Forces Induction Center in Oakland, California and spent over a month in jail add something


In October 1967, Baez and her mother, along with nearly 70 other women, were arrested at the Oakland, California, Armed Forces Induction Center for blocking its doorways to prevent entrance by young inductees, and in support of young men who refused military induction add something


In 1968, Baez traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, where a marathon recording session resulted in two albums add something


Later in 1968, she published her first memoir, "Daybreak" add something


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 each other in New York City on March 26, 1968 add something


Woodstock Festival - 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 the environment add something


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" add something


In the new version, she changed the lyric "here's to the dawn of their days" to "here's to the dawn of "her" days", as a tribute to her late sister Mimi, about whom Baez wrote the song in 1969 add something


On July 16, 1969, Harris was taken by federal marshals to prison add something


Their son, Gabriel, was born in December 1969 add something


Anna Marly - In the United States, "The Partisan" gained popularity when Leonard Cohen released it in 1969 and Joan Baez in 1972


Mimi Farina - She was the subject of her sister Joan Baez's 1969 song "Sweet Sir Galahad"


Merle Haggard - Singer-activist Joan Baez, whose political leanings could not be more different from those expressed in Haggard's above-referenced songs, nonetheless covered "Sing Me Back Home" and "Mama Tried" in 1969


Baez was instrumental in founding the USA section of Amnesty International in the 1970s, and has remained an active supporter of the organization add something


Baez' experiences regarding Vietnam's human-rights violations ultimately led her to found her own human-rights group in the late 1970s, Humanitas International, whose focus was to target oppression wherever it occurred, criticizing right and left-wing régimes equally add something


The documentary film "Carry It On" was produced during this period, and was released in 1970 add something


Max Bennett (musician) - There he played regularly at the Lighthouse Cafe with his own ensemble, and played behind such vocalists as Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez through the 1970s


Vanguard Records - With acts such as Joan Baez and Ian & Sylvia leaving for other labels and disappointing sales for the "Everyman" budget classical series, by the early 1970s Vanguard's stature in the music industry was greatly diminished


After eleven years with Vanguard, Baez decided in 1971 to cut ties with the label that had released her albums since 1960 add something


During this period, in late 1971, she reunited with Schickele to record two tracks, "Rejoice in the Sun" and "Silent Running" for the science-fiction film, "Silent Running" add something


Joan Baez wrote and performed "The Story of Bangladesh" at the Concert for Bangladesh, Madison Square Garden in 1971 add something


Bangladesh Liberation War - This song was based on the Pakistan Army crackdown on unarmed sleeping Bengali students at Dhaka University on March 25, 1971, which ignited the prolonged nine-month Bangladesh Liberation War add something


Tom Jans - Jans toured extensively with Mimi Fariña -- Joan Baez's sister -- and released a duo album with Fariña in 1971 entitled "Take Heart"


Here's to You (song) - "'Here's to you"'" is a song by Joan Baez, released in 1971 as part of the soundtrack of the film "Sacco e Vanzetti"


During the ! Christmas season 1972, Baez joined a peace delegation traveling to North Vietnam, both to address human rights in the region, and to deliver Christmas mail to American prisoners of war add something


In "To Bobby", written in 1972, she urged Dylan to return to political activism, while in "Diamonds & Rust", the title track from her 1975 album, she revisited her feelings for him in warm, yet direct terms add something


The song was later entitled "The Song of Bangladesh" and released in a 1972 album from Chandos Music add something


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 add something


Telford Taylor - Taylor regarded the 1972 bombing campaign targeting the North Vietnamese capital, Hanoi , as "senseless and immoral"; in December 1972, he visited Hanoi along with musician and activist Joan Baez and others, among them the associate dean of the Yale Law School


Harris was released from Texas prison after 15 months, but the relationship began to dissolve and the couple divorced amicably in 1973 add something


Wolf Biermann - To break this isolation, artists like Joan Baez and many others visited him at his home during the World Youth Festival in 1973


Because many of the South Central Farmers are immigrants from Central America, Baez sang several songs from her 1974 Spanish-language album, "Gracias a la Vida", including the title track and "No Nos Moverán" add something


The War Is Over - There were many others, culminating in Phil Ochs's The War Is Over celebration in New York City in May 1975 add something


Johnny Ace - Bob Dylan and Joan Baez performed "Never Let Me Go" on the Rolling Thunder Revue Tour late in 1975


Joni Mitchell - During 1975, Mitchell participated in several concerts in the Rolling Thunder Revue tours featuring Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, and in 1976 she performed as part of "The Last Waltz" by The Band


Bringing It All Back Home - The cufflinks Dylan wore in the picture were a gift from Joan Baez, as she later referenced in her 1975 song "Diamonds & Rust"


In 1976, she was awarded the Thomas Merton award for her ongoing activism add something


Baez appeared with Dylan in the one hour TV special "Hard Rain", filmed at Fort Collins, Colorado, in May 1976 add something


Blowin' in the Wind - The film's soundtrack album features Joan Baez's 1976 live recording of the song, from her "From Every Stage" album


In 1978, she performed at several benefit concerts to defeat the Briggs Initiative, which proposed banning all gay people from teaching in the public schools of California add something


Years later in 1979, he inspired her song "Michael" add something


Her disquiet at the human-rights violations of communist Vietnam made her increasingly critical of its government and she organized the May 30, 1979, publication, of a full-page advertisement in which the communists were described as having created a nightmare add something


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" add something


She dated Apple Computer cofounder Steve Jobs during the early 1980s add something


She toured Chile, Brazil and Argentina in 1981, but was prevented from performing in any of the three countries, for fear her criticism of their human-rights practices would reach mass audiences if she were given a podium add something


A film of the ill-fated tour, "There but for Fortune", was shown on PBS in 1982 add something


In 1983, she appeared on the Grammy awards, performing Dylan's anthemic "Blowin' in the Wind", a song she first performed twenty years earlier add something


John Denver - In the 1983 finale, Denver was joined on stage by folk-music legend Joan Baez with whom he led an all-star version of "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Let The Sunshine In", joined by such diverse musical icons as Jennifer Warnes, Donna Summer, and Rick James


Dylan and Baez toured together again in 1984 along with Carlos Santana add something


Baez 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 add something


Baez mentioned Jobs in the acknowledgments in her 1987 memoir, "And a Voice to Sing With", and performed at the memorial for him in 2011 add something


In 1987, Baez's second autobiography called "And a Voice to Sing With" was published and became a "New York Times" bestseller add something


The Return of Bruno - "'The Return of Bruno"' is a 1987 comedic film, originally aired as a one-hour special on HBO and later released on VHS. It is a mockumentary starring Bruce Willis as his fictitious alter ego "Bruno Radolini", a legendary blues singer/musician who influenced, as the story goes, a number of famous musicians who appear in cameo, such as Elton John, Phil Collins, Brian Wilson, Grace Slick, Joan Baez, Jon_Bon_Jovi, Paul Stanley, The Bee Gees, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, and Ringo Starr appear in the film as themselves, paying tribute to Radolini


In 1989, after the Tiananmen Massacre in Beijing Baez wrote and released the song "China" to condemn the Chinese government for its violent and bloody crackdown on thousands of student protesters who called for establishment of democratic republicanism add something


In May 1989, Baez performed at a music festival in communist Czechoslovakia, called Bratislavská lýra add something


In the 1990s, she appeared with her friend Janis Ian at a benefit for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a gay lobbying organization, and performed at the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride March add something


She had previously performed the same song at San Quentin at the 1992 vigil protesting the execution of Robert Alton Harris, the first man to be executed in California after the death penalty was reinstated add something


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 then-Yugoslavia in an effort to help bring more attention to the suffering there add something


She later returned for another concert in 1996 add something


In 1998 a limited release on CD by the "Valley Forge Record Groupe" was released add something


Beginning in 2001, Baez has had several successful long-term engagements as a lead character at San Francisco's Teatro ZinZanni add something


Mimi, a musician and activist, died of cancer in California in 2001 add something


She remained close to her younger sister Mimi, up until Mimi's death in 2001, and, as Baez described in the 2009 "American Masters" documentary, she has become closer to her older sister Pauline add something


In August 2001, Vanguard began re-releasing Baez's first 13 albums, which she recorded for the label between 1960 and 1971 add something


Her album, "Dark Chords on a Big Guitar" , 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" add something


In 2003, Baez was a judge for the third annual Independent Music awards to support independent artists' careers add something


In early 2003, Baez performed at two rallies of hundreds of thousands of people in San Francisco protesting the U.S. invasion of Iraq add something


Likewise, her six A&M albums were reissued in 2003 add something


In August 2003, she was invited by Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle to join them in London, U.K., at the Concert For a Landmine-Free World add something


Ryan Adams - Adams' songwriting received additional exposure when Joan Baez included his song "In My Time of Need", from his debut release, on her 2003 album "Dark Chords on a Big Guitar


Danny Glover - In February 2003, he was one of the featured speakers at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco where other notable speakers included names such as author Alice Walker, singer Joan Baez, United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland


In the summer of 2004, Joan joined Michael Moore's "Slacker Uprising Tour" on American college campuses, encouraging young people to get out and vote for peace candidates in the upcoming national election add something


In August 2005, Baez appeared at the Texas anti-war protest that had been started by Cindy Sheehan add something


On October 1, 2005, she performed at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park add something


In December 2005, Baez appeared and sang "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" at the California protest at the San Quentin State Prison against the execution of Tookie Williams add something


Josh Ritter - He appeared at Oxegen 2005, and has headlined with artists such as Joan Baez, who later released her own version of Ritter's song "Wings" on her album "Dark Chords on a Big Guitar"


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" add something


On May 23, 2006, Baez once again joined Julia "Butterfly" Hill, this time in a "tree sit" in a giant tree on the site of the South Central Farm in a poor neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles, California add something


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" add something


On July 17, 2006, Baez received the Distinguished Leadership award from the Legal Community Against Violence add something


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 add something


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 add something


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 add something


Maude Maggart - Her 2006 concerts have featured established standards as well as exquisite renditions of songs by Jackson Browne and Joan Baez


Also in February 2007, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award add something


In February 2007, Proper Records reissued her live album "Ring Them Bells" , which featured duets with artists ranging from Dar Williams and Mimi Fariña to the Indigo Girls and Mary Chapin Carpenter add something


During Baez's next visit to Prague, in April 2007, the two met again when she performed in front of a sold-out house at Prague's Lucerna Hall, a building erected by Havel's grandfather add something


September 9, 2008, saw the release of the studio album "Day After Tomorrow", produced by Steve Earle and featuring three of his songs add something


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 add something


On June 29, 2008, Baez performed on the Acoustic Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in Glastonbury, U.K., playing out the final set to a packed audience add something


Montreux Jazz Festival - On July 6, 2008, she played at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland add something


Judy Collins - In 2008 she oversaw an album featuring artists ranging from Dolly Parton and Joan Baez to Rufus Wainwright and Chrissie Hynde covering her compositions; she released a collection of The Beatles covers, and she received an honorary doctorate from Pratt Institute on May 18 of that year


Steve Earle - In 2008, Earle produced Joan Baez's album "Day After Tomorrow"


Gordon Waller - On 21 August 2008, they performed a free concert on the pier in Santa Monica, California, briefly accompanied by Joan Baez


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 add something


She dedicated the song "Joe Hill", to the people of Iran during her concert at Merrill Auditorium, Portland, Maine on July 31, 2009 add something


On August 2, 2009, Baez played at the 50th Newport Folk Festival, which marked the 50th anniversary of her breakthrough performance at the first festival add something


On October 14, 2009, PBS aired an episode of its documentary series, American Masters, entitled, "Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound" add something


Angelique Kidjo - Along with Joan Baez, Michael Franti and Jackson Browne, she performed at Peace Ball for Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2009


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" add something


On March 18, 2011 Joan Baez was honored by Amnesty International at their 50th Anniversary Annual General Meeting in San Francisco add something


On November 11, 2011, Joan Baez played as part of a musical concert for the protestors at Occupy Wall Street add something


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" add something


In 2015, Baez received the Ambassador of Conscience award add something


In 2016, Baez advocated for the Innocence Project and Innocence Network add something


Baez will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017 add something


On 28 June 2017, Baez announced a ten-show residency from 4 to 17 June 2018 at L'Olympia in Paris, France, as the beginning of her Fare Thee Well add something


In October and November 2017, it was announced that Baez should embark on 2 March 2018 on her Fare Thee Well add something


On 8 November 2017, Baez announced that, in conjunction with her 2018 tour of Europe, she should release in early March 2018 on Proper Records a new studio album entitled "Whistle Down The Wind" produced by Joe Henry add something


On 7 February 2018, Baez announced a new residency at L'Olympia in Paris, France: on 3, 5, 6, 12 and 13 February 2019 add something


On 10 February 2018, Baez announced three new German dates for February 2019 add something


Woodstock - On April 30, 2019, Baez told "Rolling Stone" that she had been approached to perform at the Woodstock 50 festival, but had turned the offer down for "it was too complicated to even get involved in" and her "instincts" were telling her "no" add something


On June 25, 2019, "The New York Times Magazine" listed Joan Baez among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire add something


On July 21, 2019, she described jailed Catalan independence leaders as political prisoners add something