“I Don’t Make History, I Am History,” says Joan Baez about her upcoming chapter.

Woodside, California: Although Joan Baez has been performing for 60 years and hadn’t put out a new album since 2008 until this month, her career has been gaining traction.

When Taylor Swift brought her onstage, Lana Del Rey remarked that her most recent album, “Lust for Life,” featured “early Joan Baez influences.” Ms. Baez was admitted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year. She only had one Top 10 single, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” from the Band, which was played in the movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” recently.

But the folk music icon and trailblazing activist has chosen to take a backseat just as she has discovered a new source of cultural resonance. She declared that the eight-month world tour that began in Sweden earlier this month will be her farewell to the road and that her new album, “Whistle Down the Wind,” will be her last recording.

Sitting in the sun-drenched, rustic kitchen of the home she has lived in for 50 years, a short drive from Silicon Valley’s epicenter and Stanford University, she said, “It’s a big decision, but it feels so right.” “Those familiar with me understand that it’s time. I told my mother, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 100, that I thought I was going to quit, and she responded, “Oh, but honey, what will your fans think?” When I told her I thought I was going to quit about three years later, she said, “Oh, honey, you’ve done enough.”

Ms. Baez doesn’t give the impression that she is going to slow down at the age of 77. She broke off from a recent afternoon stroll in her backyard to open her chicken coop and herd a dozen birds through the sod. She carefully gathered them back up and carried them up to her kitchen, where she was thrilled to find a handful of fresh eggs. The rooms in the house felt light and airy despite the well-worn furniture, maybe because she is proudly down to just three shirts in her closet and is “decluttering” using the Marie Kondo method.

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