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Joan Baez
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Click HERE to see video from 1966 (Oh, Freedom)
Click HERE to see video (All My Trials)
Click HERE to see video (El Preso Numero Nueve)
Click HERE to see video (The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down)

Click HERE to see video from 1966 (Farewell, Angelina)
Click HERE to see video from 1976 (Diamonds and Rust)
Click HERE  for a video I bet you haven't seen before!
click here to see how to download clips to your hard drive

American Masters explores fifty years of folk legend and human rights activist Joan Baez in Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound

For The Love of the Music : The Club 47 Folk Revival, is a documentary exploring the rich history of Club 47, the iconic Cambridge, Massachusetts folk music mecca from 1958-1968.

NBC Interview "Folk Hero: One-On-One with Joan Baez" includes performance clips, both old and new.

Official Fan Site including biography, discography, tour dates, and the lyrics to ALL songs written or co-written by Joan.

Unofficial Fan Site supplements info from the above link, including good info on her early, pre-Vanguard recordings.

MySpace Fan Site

FolkLib Index for Joan Baez.  Yet more info!

The Great Folk Scare.  Explore the unique, now near mythical era during which Joan, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul & Mary and others inspired the world and changed lives!

Message Board - discuss Joan's music & career or ask a question.

Photo Gallery

Rare Audio Performaces  from 1972 on, free from Concert Vault

Video Clip (QuickTime format) of  Joan and her now deceased younger sister Mimi Farina's Thanksgiving 1973 Sing Sing Prison concert .



Joan Baez items you can purchase (just click on a link):

CDs.  Dozens of cassettes and compact disks are available from throughout Joan's long career.
 
New 8/23/08:  Day After Tomorrow   Produced by Steve Earle, this is Joan's first new album in years.

New 3/30/04: Live 1964: Concert at Philharmonic Hall, The Bootleg Series Volume 6
The 19-track, double-disc set is drawn from Bob Dylan's Oct. 31, 1964, solo acoustic performance at New York's Philharmonic Hall, two months after the release of the album "Another Side of Bob Dylan."  At the show, Dylan previewed three cuts ("Mr. Tambourine Man," "Gates of Eden" and "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)") that wouldn't see the light of day until the March 1965 release of "Bringing It All Back Home." According to the label, the show constitutes the earliest all-acoustic Dylan concert to be officially released.  Joan Baez guests on four songs: "Mama, You Been on My Mind," a new arrangement of the traditional "Silver Dagger," "With God on Our Side" and "It Ain't Me, Babe".  "Live 1964" comes with a 52-page booklet featuring unpublished photographs and an essay by Princeton University historian Sean Wilentz, who attend the concert as a 13-year-old.

New 9/23/03: Complete A&M Recordings (4 CD box set).

New 9/9/03:  Dark Chords on a Big Guitar  The long wait is finally over, Joan's first completely new (not reissue) album in several years.

New 1/22/03: Respond II
Joan is one of 32 female artists participating in this CD release. This is a two-CD compilation set released on January 22, 2003 benefiting families affected by domestic violence. All proceeds from the sales of this CD will go to RESPOND, Inc. and the Family Violence Prevention Fund     (FVPF), two organizations working to end domestic violence in the U.S. and around the world. Joan's contribution to the project is her recording of "Lily."

New 11/26/02: Bob Dylan Live 1975 (With Limited Edition Bonus DVD)
Joan Baez shares the spotlight with Dylan on four numbers. Culled from four appearances made in November and December of '75, captures the breadth and subtleties of Dylan's legendary Rolling Thunder Revue.  The audio quality of this remastering literally has to be heard to be believed, it's like they're in the room with you.  Includes 22 songs on 2 CDs, plus a bonus DVD making this a real bargain at under $20.

New 10/9/01: If I Had a Song: The Songs of Pete Seeger Vol. 2
Joan performs a duet of "Guntanamera" with Jackson Browne on this tribute album.

New 9/25/01:Clinch Mountain Sweethearts
Joan performs "Weeping Waltz" in a duet with Ralph Stanley in this collection of duets of Ralph with contempory female singers.

New 8/28/01: Treasures from the Folk Den
Since 1995, former Byrd-man Roger McGuinn has been posting a song each month on the Folk Den  to celebrate and spread the traditional repertoire that launched his musical life in the '50s. Now he revisits 18 of those songs on a collaborative CD with great liner notes, singing and picking his banjo and 12-string guitar alongside stalwart folkies like Joan, Pete Seeger, Jean Ritchie, Odetta, and next-generation talents Josh White Jr. and Eliza Carthy.
Roger and Joan perform a  vocal duet with Eliza Carthy playing fiddle on "Wagoner's Lad" and "Willie Moore."

New 8/14/01: THE JOAN BAEZ ORIGINAL MASTER SERIES.  Vanguard will reissue all 14 of Joan's Vanguard catalog, all in this series will be newly 20-bit remastered with the bass restored, and will include previously unreleased tracks, new artwork and additional liner notes.  Finally they sound at least as good as the original vinyl; if all you have heard so far have been the late 80's CD reissues, you are in for a very pleasant surprise, and that is a tremendous understatement.  Once you hear these remasters, finally done right, spread the good word and give these albums to all your music loving friends and family members for Christmas or whatever.  Finally everyone will be able to understand why there was so much excitement over these recording in the 60s.

New 8/14/01: THE JOAN BAEZ ORIGINAL MASTER SERIES, Vol 1.  A new, greatly improved re-mastering of Joan Baez Vol. 1 with some previously unreleased tracks, new artwork and additional liner notes.  Also reissued have been Vol2 (Joan's "Americana" album with the Greenbriar Boys ), Noel (Christmas carols and winter seasonal music),
In Concert 1, In Concert 2, 5, Farewell AngelinaJoan and Baptism.

New 5/1/01:Rolling Stone: Female Singer-Songwriters  Joan has a track on this fine Rhino Compilation of "essential" female singer/songwriters.

New 10/19/99:  Joan Baez - MILLENNIUM COLLECTION  is a newly remastered single volume reissue from her mid-career A&M recordings, including "Diamonds & Rust", "Fountain of Sorrow", "Love Song to a Stranger", "Gracias A La Vida", and a live version of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".

Released on the same date, Joan also appears on Vedran Smailovic's Sarajevo To Belfast.  Vedran is the famed cellist of Sarajevo; Pete Seeger and Irishman Tommy Sands are also featured.

New 12/00: Women Of Christmas In The Garden Of Lilith is a Christmas music compilation featuring Joan and 11 other women, including Judy Collins and Emmylou Harris.  Joan sings "Away In The Manger".  For comic relief Jill Sobule sings Robert Earl Keen's hilarious "Merry Christmas from the Family".



VIDEOS

Don't Look Back.  D.A. Pennebaker's cinema verite look at Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England includes lots of footage of Joan singing and just hanging out.  Long out of print, it is now available again in DVD and VHS formats.

Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music.  Of course, Joan appeared at the original Woodstock.  DVD and VHS.

Silent Running The DVD version of this 2002 reissue of the early seventies ecological sci-fi classic has an "extra" showing Joan recording the theme song.

B.B. King and Joan Baez - in Concert at Sing Sing 1972



POSTERS/PHOTOS

Joan Baez Photos and Posters
Joan Baez and Bob Dylan
Buy Joan's Posters and Photos



BOOKS

The Joan Baez autobiography And A Voice to Sing With is now back in print in a paperback edition at a bargain price.

Popular Is Not Enough: The Political Voice Of Joan Baez

Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina by David Hajdu
"In Hajdu's candid, often intimate account-based on several hundred new interviews-the four musicians' rise from scruffy coffeehouse folksingers ...
Positively 4th Street is that rare book with a new story to tell about the 1960s -- the story of how some of the greatest and most enduring American popular music was created in a fit of collective inspiration."
And here is another review.

On the Road with Bob Dylan is a 2002 reissue of Larry "Ratso" Sloman's account of the legendary Rolling Thunder Revue, with much coverage of Joan's participation.  He was there throughout, and makes you wish you were too!

Shout, Sister, Shout!: Ten Girl Singers Who Shaped a Century by Roxane Orgill
"... and Joan Baez looks back on an era of social protest with her hauntingly beautiful "Diamonds and Rust." In this richly illustrated collection of biographies, music critic
Roxane Orgill recreates those magic moments and paints vivid word pictures of the lives of 10 women vocalists who span the century..."

We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The True, Tough Story of Women in Rock by Gerri Hirshey
Contains several pages about Joan's influence on women musicians and music in general.

Baby, Let Me Follow You Down: The Illustrated Story of the Cambridge Folk Years
by Eric von Schmidt & Jim Rooney.  Second Edition.
This thoroughly enjoyable book about that east coast hotbed of the folk music revival has some great old photos of Joan and her cohorts you've probably never seen before.

Stand and Be Counted: Making Music, Making History: The Dramatic Story of the Artists and Causes That Changed America by David Crosby and David Bender.
A now-sober David Crosby includes quite a bit of information and observation about Joan, and also of other influential performers and of the original Woodstock.

Early Dylan, Photographs and Introduction by Barry Feinstein, Daniel Kramer and Jim Marshall
Includes about a dozen intriging photographs of Joan with Bob from the 60's you probably haven't seen before (one was included in the insert for her "Baez Sings Dylan" reissue.

Joan Baez Songbook  Has 66 songs from Joan's early Vanguard recordings with historical-musical annotations.  Arrangements for voice and piano with complete chord progressions for the guitarist and cap-key indications enabling the beginning instrumentalist to play along with the Joan Baez recordings.  Each song is enchantingly illustrated by Eric von Schmidt (who is a marvelous artist as well as musician).



Influences  Explore those artists who most influenced Joan's style: The Carter Family, Odetta, Barbara Dane.


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