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Category: Music - Popular
Reference No: 9505
Status: Available
Price: £20.00
  Joan Baez

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American folk singer, songwriter and political activist.

Baez's professional career began at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival and recorded her debut, Joan Baez, the following year. Her second release, Joan Baez, Vol. 2, was released in 1961. It went gold, as did 1962's Joan Baez in Concert. From the early to mid-1960s, she emerged at the forefront of the American roots revival alongside contemporaries like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.

Baez’s music and political convictions became indistinguishable. She sang about freedom and Civil Rights everywhere, from the backs of flatbed trucks to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's March on Washington in 1963. In 1966, Joan Baez stood in the fields alongside Cesar Chavez and migrant farm workers striking for fair wages, and opposed capital punishment at San Quentin during a Christmas vigil. The following year she turned her attention to the draft resistance movement. As the war in Vietnam escalated in the late '60s and early '70s, she travelled to Hanoi with the U.S.-based Liaison Committee.

Baez had a huge influence on other singers and groups of the period. Many of the songs she introduced on her earliest albums were covered, including House Of The Rising Sun (The Animals), John Riley (The Byrds), Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You (Led Zeppelin), What Have They Done To The Rain (The Searchers), Jackaroe (Grateful Dead), and Long Black Veil (The Band),

Like Dylan, Baez was profoundly influenced by the British Invasion and began augmenting her acoustic guitar on 1965's Farewell Angelina just after Dylan began experimenting with folk-rock. Her greatest hit was her 1971 cover of The Band’s The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down; this was a top 10 hit in the US.

This is a bold signature in black ink on a 6" x 4" white card. Obtained in person at the BBC in London in February 1988. In excellent condition. Perfect for display mounting.