Singer Activist Joan Baez

Singer Activist Joan Baez

Singer Activist Joan Baez

Many Happy Returns!

Joan Baez

Joan Chandos Báez was born in Staten Island, NY  on January 9, 1941. Although often associated with Bob Dylan, it should be that he is associated with her as Bob was Joan’s guest at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival. It was she featured on the November 23, 1962 cover of Time magazine.

Singer Activist Joan Baez

…but associated they are.

Singer Activist Joan Baez

Many areas

To quickly explain Joan’s career would do a disservice to her.  Some associate Joan with the early 1960s civil rights movement. True. Some associate her with the 1964 Berkeley Free Speech movement. True. Some may even know of her participation in the 2011 Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. True again

In other words, Joan has had a lifetime of peace, love, art, and activism.

Singer Activist Joan Chandos Baez
Joan at Woodstock with Jeffrey Shurtleff
Singer Activist Joan Baez

David Harris

During the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, she was pregnant and married to David Harris. Authorities had jailed Harris for refusing to be drafted. That night, Baez played her hour set with Richard Festinger and Jeffrey Shurtleff.

Their set was:

  • Oh Happy Day
  • The Last Thing On My Mind
  • I Shall Be Released
  • Story about how the Federal Marshalls came to take David Harris into custody  
  • No Expectations
  • Joe Hill
  • Sweet Sir Galahad
  • Hickory Wind
  • Drug Store Truck Driving Man
  • I Live One Day at a Time
  • Take Me Back to the Sweet Sunny South
  • Let Me Wrap You in My Warm and Tender Love
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • We Shall Overcome

Here is her rendition of International Workers of the World hero Joe Hill from that misty night. The lyrics are based on a 1925 poem by Alfred Hayes that Earl Robinson had put to music in 1936.

The compensation that each of the Woodstock performers received has long been of interest, but documents clearly showing the amount are hard to come by.

Joan Baez received $10,000 (approximately $71,000 in 2019 dollars) and here is the actual documentation:

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Letter to Joan

Dear Joan Baez,

We don’t love you because of all the albums you have released. And you have! We don’t love you because of that voice. And it is amazing! We don’t love you because are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And you are.

We love you for all you have contributed. We love for all you continue to contribute. We love you because you have been a role model to anyone willing to listen and watch.

From all of us to you.

We Shall Overcome.

Singer Activist Joan Baez

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One thought on “Singer Activist Joan Baez”

  1. Hi, Joan. <- That comment is too short for the moderators. So, I'll say something else. Didn't know until just now you were born in New York City. That explains everything. Like how you found the balls to stand up to the war machine pretty much on your own. I for one will never forget the sacrifice(s) you made. You put your career and your life on the line in order to educate others. Not a lot of people agreed, but that didn't stop you. Hurrah!

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