Joan Baez first became known to the wider public as a distinctive folk singer after performing at the Newport Folk Festival. After releasing her debut album in , she became known for topical songs promoting social justice, civil rights and pacifism. Baez also played a critical role in popularizing Bob Dylan , with whom she dated and performed regularly in the mids. But that did not stop her from pursuing her natural musical talents. She released several albums during the first half of the decade, followed by more studio outings like Farewell, Angelina and Noel
Whistle Down The Wind
Despite the inevitable fading of the folk music revival, Baez continued to be a popular performer into the 21st century. By touring with younger performers throughout the world and staying politically engaged, she reached a new audience both in the United States and abroad. Her sense of commitment and unmistakable voice continued to win acclaim. The daughter of a physicist of Mexican descent whose teaching and research took him to various communities in New York, California , and elsewhere, Baez moved often and acquired little formal musical training.
When Joan Baez shared a bill with the Indigo Girls about 20 years ago, a young fan approached, asking for an autograph — for his grandmother. Today, in the airy kitchen of her home near Palo Alto, California, with its view of the Santa Cruz Mountains and a painting of a nude woman above the fireplace, Baez winces at the memory. Baez, 76, loves to play against her image as the serene, hyperserious matriarch of folk music.
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