Joan Baez

Joan Baez
The most accomplished interpretive folksinger of the 1960s, Joan Baez has influenced nearly every aspect of popular music in a career still going strong. Baez is possessed of a once-in-a-lifetime soprano, which, since the late '50s, she has put in the service of folk and pop music as well as a variety of political causes.

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Joan Chandos Baez (born January 9, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 60 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish and English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. Although generally regarded as a folk singer, her music has diversified since the counterculture era of the 1960s, and encompasses genres such as folk rock, pop, country, and gospel music.

Although a songwriter herself, Baez generally interprets other composers' work, having recorded songs by Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers Band, the Beatles, Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen, Woody Guthrie, Violeta Parra, the Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and many others. On her past several albums, she has found success interpreting songs of more recent songwriters, including Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle, Natalie Merchant and Joe Henry.

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.

Baez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017.

Joan Baez - official site

Joan Baez - official site : LINK

Photo. Baez playing at the March on Washington in August 1963

Photo. Baez playing in Hamburg, 1973

Photo. Joan Baez concert in Dresden, Germany, July 2008


  • Folksingers 'Round Harvard Square (1959)
  • Joan Baez (1960)
  • Joan Baez, Vol. 2 (1961)
  • Joan Baez in Concert (1962)
  • Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2 (1963)
  • Joan Baez/5 (1964)
  • Farewell, Angelina (1965)
  • Noël (1966)
  • Joan (1967)
  • Baptism: A Journey Through Our Time (June 1968)
  • Any Day Now (1968)
  • David's Album (1969)
  • One Day at a Time (1970)
  • Sacco & Vanzetti (1971)
  • Blessed Are... (1971)
  • Come from the Shadows (1972)
  • Where Are You Now, My Son? (1973)
  • Gracias a la Vida (1974)
  • Diamonds & Rust (1975)
  • Gulf Winds (1976)
  • Blowin' Away (1977)
  • Honest Lullaby (1979)
  • Recently (1987)
  • Speaking of Dreams (1989)
  • Diamonds & Rust in the Bullring (1989)
  • Play Me Backwards (1992)
  • No Woman No Cry (1992)
  • Gone from Danger (1997)
  • Dark Chords on a Big Guitar (2003)
  • Day After Tomorrow (2008)
  • Whistle Down the Wind (2018)

In popular culture

Cartoonist Al Capp, creator of the comic strip Li'l Abner, satirized Baez as "Joanie Phoanie" during the 1960s. Joanie was an unabashed communist radical who sang songs of class warfare while hypocritically traveling in a limousine and charging outrageous performance fees to impoverished orphans. Capp stated at the time: "Joanie Phoanie is a repulsive, egomaniacal, un-American, non-taxpaying horror, I see no resemblance to Joan Baez whatsoever, but if Miss Baez wants to prove it, let her."

Baez's serious persona was parodied several times on the American variety show Saturday Night Live in impersonations by Nora Dunn, notably in the 1986 mock game show Make Joan Baez Laugh.


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