Joan Baez

American contemporary folk musician (born 1941)

Joan Chandos Baez (born January 9, 1941) is an American folk singer[1] and activist. Baez is known for her very individual vocal style. She is a soprano with a three-octave vocal range.[2] Many of her songs talk about social issues.

Joan Baez in 2003

She is best known for her 1970s hits "Diamonds & Rust" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". She is also known for "Sweet Sir Galahad" and "Joe Hill." She sang these songs at the 1969 Woodstock festival and the songs became famous. She is also well known due to her relationship with Bob Dylan and her love for activism in areas such as nonviolence, civil and human rights and the environment.

Baez has performed for nearly fifty years.[3] She has released over thirty albums. She has recorded songs in over eight languages. Baez is considered a folksinger, but after the 1960s her music became a lot different from folk. She sings many kinds of music, including rock, pop, country, and gospel. Baez is famous for singing other peoples' songs very differently. She sang songs by The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and many others.



Baez protests against social and environmental problems. She did not support the Vietnam War. She did not want people to pay taxes that paid for the Vietnam War. Baez did not want men going to fight in the war. She did not perform in places where people of color were treated differently. In addition, Baez helped found the Resource Center for Nonviolence. The Resource Center for Nonviolence is an organization whose goal is to make social change without violence.[4]


  1. "Joan Baez Facts". LoveToKnow, Corp. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  2. David Burger (9 July 2009). "Out and about: From Joan Baez to Kurt Bestor". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  3. "Fifty Years of Joan Baez". THIRTEEN/WNET. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  4. "Gale - Enter Product Login". Retrieved 2018-05-08.

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