Joan Baez on overcoming trauma, her realization of Bob Dylan, and being a member of the “no facelift” club

The legendary folk singer-songwriter Joan Baez has performed at airports in Nashville, given a speech at the UN in Geneva, and published a book of drawings in the past ten months. She has also performed “We Shall Overcome” alongside state representative Justin Jones, one of the so-called Tennessee Three. And those are only a few of the 82-year-old’slatestactions.

The start of Baez’s career was the 1959

About a year after Baez, then just 17 years old, started playing at folk music clubs in Boston and Cambridge, her career took off at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. She was a star by 1961. Both the traditional song album “Joan Baez, Vol. 2” and the first two live albums “Joan Baez in Concert” sold hundreds of thousands of copies. During the American folk music revival, she was well-known and invited a young Bob Dylan, whom she had met in 1961, to open for her concerts, thereby presenting him to the public. Their romantic and artistic collaboration came to an end in 1965, but Baez preserved their bond in her 1975 song “Diamonds & Rust.” Devoted to activism, Baez participated in marches with Martin Luther King Jr. and was well-known for her rendition of “We Shall Overcome” during the 1963 March on Washington. She has also advocated for the LGBTQ community and spoken out against the Vietnam War, the death penalty, the Iraq War, and environmental degradation.

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