Joan Baez has been as busy as ever in the five years since she celebrated the landmark years of 2008-2009, the 50th anniversaries of her legendary residency in 1958 at the famed Club 47 in Cambridge, and her subsequent debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.
In addition to multiple tours of the US and abroad, the recent past has included the induction of Joan’s 1960 debut Vanguard LP by the National Recording Academy into the Grammy® Hall Of Fame and the presentation to her of the inaugural Joan Baez Award for Outstanding Inspirational Service in the Global Fight for Human Rights at Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary gathering in 2012.
She remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable – marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, singing on the first Amnesty International tour and more recently, standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London’s Hyde Park. She shined a spotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the Vietnam War, then forty years later saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest the Iraq war. Her earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, beginning a tradition of mutual mentoring that continues to this day.
Amongst the many honors bestowed upon her, she is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the greatest honor that the Recording Academy can bestow (2007). Day After Tomorrow, her 2008 album was praised by critics and nominated for a Grammy. Its release was followed by the PBS American Masters premier of her life story, Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound.
Videos & Press
[Huffington Post] “You better talk to a shrink because you’ve got serious psychological disorders.” By Lee Moran Joan Baez is back with “a little song about a man gone wrong.” In “Nasty Man,” the legendary 76-year-old folk singer and activist takes aim at “future dictator” Donald Trump for “building up his evil empire.” Baez tells […]
[New York Times] By BEN SISARIO and JOE COSCARELLI What’s a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony without some drama? It’s a night of speeches and performances. At its 32nd annual event, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night, the usual controversies — band schisms, score-settling at the microphone — were mostly […]
[Rolling Stone] The Sixties icon helped invent the idea of the protest singer – more than five decades later, she’s still at it By David Browne 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. “Tell your grandmother […]
Four Voices Tour Confirmed Featuring Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter & Indigo Girs Amy Ray & Emily Saliers
For Immediate Release Legendary artists and longtime friends Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers will share the stage in a special group performance as Four Voices in June. These exclusive summer tour dates will include stops at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, Chicago’s Chicago Theatre and Toronto’s Massey Hall among many others. […]
[Observer] By Linda Laban Leave it to a folk singer-songwriter to tell it like it is: “To have much hope right now you have to be an idiot,” Joan Baez tells the Observer. The veteran protest singer then swiftly softens the blow with an easy, warm laugh, one of many that punctuate her comments. The […]
[mlive] By Jenn McKee The 39th annual Folk Fest – a two-night, super-concert fundraiser for The Ark – is scheduled for January 29-30, 2016 at Hill Auditorium, starting at 6:30 p.m. both nights, and the full lineup has just been announced. On Friday night, the show will feature sets by City and Colour; Richard Thompson; […]
[Coloradoan] By Stacy Nick It won’t be Joan Baez’s first time at Mishawaka Amphitheatre but her July 11 show at the historic venue on the Poudre River will bring her back to one of her favorite venues. We talked with the famed folk singer about getting rained on at Hughes Stadium, getting rained out at […]